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ACTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY 
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TOWN BOUNDARIES MEASURED FROM fflSTORIC LANDMARK 



How were boundary lines determined in the infant days of New 
England town development? It was the custom for joint committees from 
adjacent towns to meet at a convenient date, pace off the line on foot, 
and agree as to its proper location. For example, it is recorded that on 
April 30, 1741 Amos Brown and "William Farr of Stow met John Brooks 
and Simon Hunt of Acton to walk the bounds. Large stones were often 
used as markers at the appropriate corners. If a stone were perchance 
removed — and this actually happened — a controversy would inevitably 
result. 

Modern surveying methods are perhaps more complex, more accurate, 
but the function is the same. Even today boundary disputes may exist. 
Apparently a discrepancy in Acton of several thousand acres still calls 
for a satisfactory explanation. 

The history of the church on the cover of this report is important in 
the light of the town's founding and development. The town of Acton 
was incorporated on July 21, 1735. It was then bounded by Sudbury, 
Concord, Billerica, Chelmsford, Westford, Littleton, and Stow, which then 
included Boxborough. It included the larger part of the unsettled land 
which was granted to Concord in 1665-7 and known as "The New Grants." 
It also included the Wheeler farms. It was bounded on the north by 
Indian lands known as "Nashoba," afterwards included in the town of 
Littleton. 

No new town could be granted an act of incorporation by the General 
Court unless its citizens agreed to erect, within a specified time, a proper 
meeting house for public worship. The building of Acton's first Meeting 
House was begun in 1738 and fully completed in 1747 — with sixteen 
pews owned by proprietors. 

The second Meeting House stood on the site of the present Town 
House. It was completed and first used in 1808, deeded to the town in 
1859, and later destroyed by fire in 1862. 

The third Meeting House was built in 1833 on the site of the present 
Evangelical Congregational Church building. In its original form this 
edifice was of the typical New England type with a spire and two 
entrance doors. The present church was erected here in 1847. 

And according to the official records of 1904, it was from the weather 
vane of this historic church that a survey was conducted to determine the 
present town boundaries. 



ANNUAL REPORTS 







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MASSACHUSETTS 



FOR ITS 

TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIRST 

MUNICIPAL YEAR 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST 



1956 



lUWPHY a SNYDEW. INC. • MAYNARD. MASS. 



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We dedicate this Town Report to the memory of 
Michael Foley, Police Chief of the Town of Acton. 
Chief Foley faithfully carried out the duties of 
Police Chief of the Town of Acton Police Department 
for 30 years. He joined the Acton Police Depart- 
ment in 1923 and was named acting chief in 1927. 
In 1932 the Board of Selectmen appointed him the 
first permanent full-time Police Chief of the Town 
of Acton and in the year 1938 the office of Police 
Chief was placed under Civil Service. 

Chief Foley was a veteran of World War I. He 
served in Europe with the 305th Field Artillery, 
Battalion D of the 77th Division, which had an out- 
standing record. He was honorably discharged 
May 9, 1919. He was a member of the Edwards- 
Quimby Post No. 284, American Legion of Acton, 
Massachusetts. 

Chief Foley was known and called "Mike" by 
everybody who knew him or came in contact with 
him. Mike had a natural way of understanding the 
people of the Town, he knew when to be tough 
and he knew when to lend a helping hand when 
he could. He was always ready and willing to 
help any worthy cause that would benefit the 
people of the Town. Mike will always be remem- 
bered by that wave of the hand and that happy 
smile of his. 

Chief Foley, a life-long resident of Acton, gave so 
freely of himself, his time and his abilities to the 
Town and its people that we deeply feel the loss 
and shall long remember him. 



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MICHAEL FOLEY 



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HISTORY OF TUTTLE FAMILY 
AS TOWN CLERKS 



The resignation of Harlan E. Tuttle as Town Clerk effective 
January 1, 1957, focusses attention on the continuity of the 
services of members of the Tuttle family in this position dur- 
ing a span of 101 years. 

William D. Tuttle served as Town Clerk for 41 years, from 
1855 to 1896. He was succeeded by his son, the late Horace 
F. Tuttle, who served for 45 years from 1896 to 1941. He 
also served during a portion of this period as State Repre- 
sentative. He, in turn, was succeeded by his son, Harlan 
E. Tuttle, who served for 15 years, until his retirement 
January 1, 1957. 

Successful town government is dependent to a large extent 
on the willingness of the citizens to contribute ''beyond the 
call of duty" in time and energy. The Town of Acton has 
been fortunate in such contribution by the Tuttle family dur- 
ing a period of more than one hundred continuous years. 
The Tuttle Tradition stands as a guiding light to others who 
might lend their time and energies for the betterment of the 
Town of Acton. 

ARCHIVES COMMITTEE 



PUBLIC SERVICE — A TUTTLE TRADITION 




WILLIAM D. TUTTLE 




HORACE F. TUTTLE 



HARLAN E. TUTTLE 



SELECTMEN'S REPORT 

To the Citizens of the Towti of Acton: 

The year 1956 has shown a continuation of the growth 
of the Town, bringing with it a decided increase in the 
services rendered by the Town. While the demand for new 
school facilities must be met, we cannot forget that the same 
growth pattern is reflected in the demands on our Highway, 
Fire and Police services. 

In the fall of this year, circumstances occurred that made 
us feel that the appointment of another police officer was 
important to the safety and protection of the Town. This 
was immediately done and Patrolman Collins was advanced 
to Provisional Sergeant. With the subsequent illness and 
death of Chief Michael Foley, a blow which not only sad- 
dened this Town but his many friends in neighboring com- 
munities, your Board had to face the realization that we 
must have around the clock coverage and no longer could 
we have radio and telephone communications in a private 
home. In order to complete the schedule two additional of- 
ficers were needed. We plan to send an officer to the State 
Police School again this year. Sergeant Collins' experience 
there has proved to us the great advantages to the operation 
of an efficient Police Department. Appointing a man to the 
task of protecting nearly 5,000 people and roughly seven 
million dollars of property without some plan of training 
seems unwise. 

We feel that it should be brought to the attention of the 
Town the work of the late Chief Foley in compiling the 
Town By-Laws, soon to be brought up to date and published. 
The amount of labor expended in this project will be in- 
valuable to the Town in the years to come. 

The additional roads being accepted by the Town and the 
severe winter (up to this point) has put considerable strain 
on the Highway Department. We cannot help but feel that 
Mr. Rice has made great strides in the efficiency of this de- 
partment under conditions that are much less than favorable. 

Chief MacGregor has completed his first year as head of 
the Fire Department on a full-time basis, with noticeable 
results in the operation of that department. We hope the 
townspeople will seriously study the proposals for the Fire 
Department in the Warrant this year and make a decision 
that will benefit the Town. 

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With the rapid growth of our Town, it has been the 
desire of the Board of Selectmen for some time to bring 
within the Town Hall as many of the various Town Offices 
as possible. It is without question that our Town Govern- 
ment is of a magnitude that demands it be all under one 
roof — The Town Hall. 

The resignation in early December of Harlan E. Tuttle, 
Town Clerk, to take effect January 1, 1957, was accepted 
with regret. Therefore, with this resignation, we immediately 
made plans to move the Town Clerk's office to the Town Hall. 
Charles M. MacRae, present Town Collector, was then given 
a temporary appointment to fill this position. Mr. Tuttle's 
help to the temporary Clerk and to the Selectmen during this 
whole period and even up to now, has been of tremendous 
value during a difficult time. While this transition was tak- 
ing place, the Board felt a pooling of clerical employees of 
the Town would make maximum use of present personnel 
and add to the overall efficiency while affording a saving. 

At the Special Town Meeting held in October, the Town 
voted for the appointment of a Town Report Committee. 
The Board wishes to note its special appreciation of the work 
of E. Clayton Steeves and his fellow committee members, 
Richard A. Bodge and John H. Loring, in connection with 
the preparation of the Annual Town Report and Thomas M. 
Park for the art work on the cover. 

At this same meeting, an Archives Committee was voted 
and this group began to look into the records past and pres- 
ent with an eye toward remedying a serious problem regard- 
ing Town Records. 

We have inserted articles in the Annual Town Meeting 
Warrant for the appointment of two committees; namely, 
an Industrial Development Committee and a Personnel 
Board. We would recommend favorable action on these 
articles. 

We are most grateful to Mr. Borge Moller and a donor, 
who prefers to remain anonymous, for the work of repairing 
the Town Clock and its striking mechanism at no cost to 
the Town. 

Our sincere gratitude must be expressed to the men and 
women who take on the tasks appointed to them by the 
Selectmen. These public spirited citizens give freely of 



their time and energies for the good of the Town with com- 
pensation only in a job well done. 

To the several Boards of the Town, department heads and 
employees, who have been of immeasurable help in conduct- 
ing the affairs of Town Government, our sincere thanks. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LEO C. CUNNINGHAM, 
FREDERICK W. ABBT, 
CHARLES D. MacPHERSON, 

Board of Selectmen. 



TOWN OFFICERS 

Moderator 

Albert P. Durkee 

Selectmen 

Frederick W. Abbt Tenn Expires 1957 

Charles D. MacPherson Term Expires 1958 

Leo C. Cunningham Term expires 1959 

Town Clerk Town Treasurer 

Harlan E. Tuttle William Henry Soar 



Assessors 

James W. Baker Term Expires 1957 

Carl C. Flint Term Expires 1958 

Albert P. Durkee Term Expires 1959 



Town Collector Tree Warden 

Charles M. MacRae Franklin H. Charter 

Board of Public Welfare 

Lossie E. Laird Term Expires 1957 

A. Peny Marble Term Expires 1958 

*Walter B. Stevens Term Expires 1959 

*.*€linton S. Curtis 

* Resigned ** Elected to replace * 

Cemetery Commissioners 

Ray L. Harris Term Expires 1957 

Howard F. Jones Term Expires 1958 

Harry E. Holt Term Expires 1959 

Constables 

T. Frederick S. Kennedy Michael Foley 

Edward J. Collins 

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School Committee 

Edmond J. McNiff Term Expires 1957 

Dana B. Hinckley Term Expires 1957 

George E. Neagle Term Expires 1958 

*Frank R. Stevens Term Expires 1958 

Thomas E. Wetherbee Term Expires 1959 

Eveljoi N. MacLean Term Expires 1959 

** Lloyd E. Williamson 

* Resigned ** Elected to replace * 

Trustees of Memorial Library 

Florence A. Merriam Term Expires 1957 

Frederick T. Heyliger Term Expires 1958 

Vesta B. Thompson Term Expires 1959 

Board of Health 

Martin J. Duggan Term Expires 1957 

0. Lawrence Clark Term Expires 1958 

Herbert L. Leusher Term Expires 1959 

Trustees of Elizabeth White Fund 

Thehna M. Blood Term Expires 1957 

Helen B. Wood Term Expires 1958 

*Clara L. Sawyer Term Expires 1959 

**Hazel P. Vose 

* Deceased ** Elected to replace * 

Trustees of West Acton Firemen's ReUef Fund 

H. Stuart MacGregor Term Expires 1957 

James B. Wilson Term Expires 1958 

Amo H. Perkins Term Expires 1959 

Trustees of Acton Firemen's Rehef Fund 

Clarence Frost Term Expires 1957 

Herbert W. Merriam Term Expires 1958 

Frederick T. Kennedy Term Expires 1959 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund 

Roy H. Linscott Term Expires 1957 

Thelma L. Boatman Term Expires 1958 

Frank E. Greenough Term Expires 1959 

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Please bring this copy to the Town 

Meeting on November 4 l^^^^ 

THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS 

Middlesex, ss. 




To either of the Constables of the Toivn of Acton, in said 
County, Greetings: 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 
you are hereby directed to notify the legal voters of said 
Town of Acton, qualified to vote at town meetings for the 
transaction of town affairs, to meet at the Blanchard Audi- 
torium, in said Acton, on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1957, 
at 8:00 o'clock P.M. 



Then and there to act on the folloiving articles: — 

Article 1. To see if the Town will vote to amend the 
Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by rezoning 
from residential to business the property at 39 Main Street, 
South Acton, owned by Eraser Laffin, said property fronts 
approximately 487 feet along the easterly side of Main Street 
with an approximate depth of 400 feet, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Article 2. To see if the Town will vote to amend the 
Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by rezoning 
from residential to industrial the property between Route 
#27 in South Acton and the Boston and Maine right of 
way, said property being in the form of a triangle starting 
at the Maynard-Acton line, running northerly along Route 
#27 for approximately 1,250 feet, then southwesterly 
approximately 200 feet, then approximately 950 feet along 
the Boston and Maine right of way to the Maynard-Acton 
line, said property owned by Earle W. Tuttle, or take any 
other action relative thereto. 



Article 3. To see if the Town will vote to amend the 
Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by rezoning 
from residential to business, a piece of property at the 
northwesterly comer of Main Street and Massachusetts 
Avenue in West Acton, such property comprising approxi- 
mately 1% acres and known as 425 Massachusetts Avenue, 
said property owned by William L. Kelley, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 



Article 4. To see if the Town will vote to amend 
Section I of the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of 
Acton by striking out the first paragraph and inserting in 
place thereof the following paragraphs, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Nothing in this By-Law shall prohibit the continued 
lawful use of land or buildings in the same or similar 
manner in which they were used at the time of the 
adoption of this By-Law, but if any non-confomiing use 
shall be discontinued for a period of more than five 
years, it may not be resumed except by a permit granted 
by the Board of Appeals. 

The Board of Appeals may permit any non-conform- 
ing use to be changed to a specified use not more detri- 
mental or more objectionable to a neighborhood. 



Article 5. To see if the Town will vote to accept as 
a Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in 
the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty 
(40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more 
travelled way extending in a westerly direction from Central 
Street a distance of approximately twenty-two hundred 
(2200) feet, said road to be known as Nash Road, and said 
road to be maintained by the developer for a period of one 
year after acceptance, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 



Article 6. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the 
office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty 
(40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more 
travelled way extending in a westerly direction from Central 
Street a distance of approximately three hundred thirty 
(330) feet, said road to be known as Downey Road, and 
said road to be maintained by the developer for a period of 
one year after acceptance, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 



Article 7. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in 
the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty 
(40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more 
travelled way extending in a southwesterly direction from 
Robbins Street to a temporary turnaround directly in front 
of Lot #27, a distance of approximately thirteen hundred 
fifty (1350) feet, said road to be known as Billings Street, 
and said road to be maintained by the developer for a period 
of one year after acceptance, or take any other action rela- 
tive thereto. 



Article 8. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the 
office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty 
(40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more 
travelled way extending in a westerly direction from the 
point where it now ends to the westerly line of Lot #10 
and Lot #42 to a temporary turnaround a distance of 
approximately six hundred (600) feet, said road to be known 
as Robbins Street, and said road to be maintained by the 
developer for a period of one year after acceptance, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 



Article 9. To see if the Town will vote to amend the 
Building By-Law of the Town of Acton by striking out the 
existing paragraphs under Section 10 and substituting the 
following paragraphs, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Sec. 10. Chimneys and Fireplaces. 

A. Chimneys: All chimneys hereafter erected 
shall be supported on foundations of masonry 
or reinforced concrete or other non combus- 
tible material having a fire resistance rating 
of not less than 3 hours. 

1. Construction: All chimneys are to be con- 
structed of brick, solid masonry units or 
of reinforced concrete. Chimneys in dwel- 
lings, chimneys for domestic type low heat 
appliances, and chimneys for building heat- 
ing equipment for heating a total volume 
of occupied space not to exceed 25,000 
cubic feet shall have walls not less than 
4 inches thick. In other buildings and for 
other low heat appliances the thickness of 
chimney walls shall be no less than 8 



inches, except that rubble stone masonry 
shall be not less than 12 inches thick. 

2. Corbeling: No chimney shall be corbeled 
from a wall more than 6 indies. Corbelling 
shall not exceed one inch projection for 
each course of brick projected. 

3. Change in size or shape of chimney: No 

change in the size or shape of a chimney, 
where the chimney passes through the 
roof, shall be made within a distance of 
6 inches above or below the roof joists or 
rafters. All wooden false chimneys built 
above the roof shall be covered with wire 
lathe and not less than 1 inch of fireproof 
cement plaster and in addition the chimney 
enclosed in this false construction shall be 
plastered in the same manner. 

4. Liners: Masonry chimneys for low heat 
appliances shall be lined with approved fire 
clay flue liners not less than % of an inch 
thick, or with other approved liner of 
material that will resist without softening 
or cracking at temperature of 1,800° 
Fahrenheit. Fire clay flue liners shall be 
installed ahead of the construction of the 
chimney, as it is carried up, carefully 
bedded one on the other in mortar, or fire 
clay mortar, with close fitting joints left 
smooth on the inside. In masonry chimneys 
with walls less than 8 inches thick, liners 
shall be separate from the chimney wall 
and the space between the liner and ma- 
sonry shall not be filled; with only enough 
mortar used to make a good joint and hold 
the liners in position. Flue liners shall 
start from a point not less than 8 inches 
below the intake or, in case of fireplaces, 
from the throat of the fireplace. They 
shall extend, as nearly vertical as possible, 
for the entire height of the chimney. 

5. Height: Chimneys for low heat appliances 
shall extend at least 24 inches above the 
ridge and shall extend at least 3 feet above 
the roof at the highest point of contact, 
and at least 2 feet higher than any portion 
of the building within 10 feet of chimney. 

6. Framing around Chimneys and Fireplaces: 

All wood beams, joists and studs shall be 



trimmed away from chimneys and fire- 
places. Headers supporting trimmer arches 
at fireplaces shall be not less than 16 inches 
from the face of the chimney breast. 
Trimmers shall be not less than 6 inches 
from the inside face of the nearest flue 
lining. 

Fire Stopping: All spaces between chim- 
neys and wood joists, beams or headers 
shall be firestopped by placing noncom- 
bustible material to a depth of one inch 
at the bottom of such spaces. 

Flues and Smoke Pipes: 

a. Where two or more oil burners are in- 
stalled to use the same chimney the 
smoke pipes of each are to first enter a 
manifold large enough to accommodate 
all heaters, the manifold in turn enters 
the chimney. Except that a vent from 
a gas heated appliance must enter the 
chimney at a point above other flues. 

b. Where two or more flue liners adjoin 
each other in the same chimney with 
only flue lining separation between them, 
the joints of the adjacent flue linings 
shall be staggered at least 7 inches. 

c. No earthenware pipe shall be used for 
horizontal flues. No woodwork shall be 
placed at a less distance than 6 inches 
from any smoke pipe or metal flue unless 
protected with approved fire proofing 
material. 

d. No smoke pipe shall pass through a 
stud or wooden partition whether plas- 
tered or not unless protected by a suit- 
able metal collar with holes for ventila- 
tion. 

e. All inside chimneys hereafter erected 
shall be provided with a cleanout open- 
ing fitted with metal doors and frames 
arranged to remain tightly closed when 
not in use. 

Commercial and Industrial Type Inciner- 
ators: A clearance of not less than 4 
inches shall be provided between the ex- 
terior surface of chimneys and any com- 
bustible material for commercial and 
industrial type incinerators. 



B. Fireplaces: 

1. Construction: 

a. Fireplaces shall be constructed of solid 
masonry or of reinforced concrete with 
back and sides of the thickness specified 
in this paragraph. Where a lining of 
fire brick at least 2 inches thick or other 
approved lining is provided, the total 
thickness of back and sides including the 
lining shall be not less than 8 inches. 
Where no such lining is provided, the 
thickness of back and sides shall be not 
less than 12 inches. 

b. Factory-built fireplaces that are approved 
by the National Board of Fire Under- 
writers as a result of tests by a recog- 
nized laboratory need not conform to 
the above paragraph (a) provided they 
are installed in accordance with the con- 
ditions of the approval. 

c. Fireplace hearth extensions shall be pro- 
vided of approved noncombustible ma- 
terial for all fireplaces. Where the fire- 
place opening is less than 6 square feet; 
the hearth extension shall extend at 
least 16 inches in front of, and at least 
8 inches beyond each side of the fire- 
place opening. Where the fireplace open- 
ing is 6 square feet or larger, the hearth 
extension shall extend at least 18 inches 
in front of, and at least 12 inches beyond 
each side of the fireplace opening. Where 
a fireplace is elevated above or over- 
hangs a floor the hearth extension shall 
also extend over the area under the 
fireplace. 

d. Fireplaces constructed of masonry or 
reinforced concrete shall have hearth 
extension of brick, concrete, stone, tile 
or other approved noncombustible ma- 
terial properly supported and with no 
combustible material against the under- 
side thereof. Wooden forms or crickets 
used during the construction of hearth 
and hearth extension shall be removed 
when the construction is completed. 



2. Woodwork : 

a. No woodwork shall be placed within 4 
inches of the back face of a fireplace; 
nor shall combustible lathing, furring or 
plaster grounds be placed against a 
chimney at any point more than 3% 
inches from the comer of the chimney; 
but this shall not prevent plastering 
directly on the masonry or on metal 
lath and metal furring; nor shall it 
prevent placing chimneys for low heat 
appliances entirely on the exterior of a 
building against the sheathing. 

b. The clearance between woodwork and a 
factory-built fireplace approved by the 
National Board of Fire Underwriters as 
a result of tests by a recognized labora- 
tory need not comply with Section 10, 
Paragraph B, 1 a. of this By-Law pro- 
vided the factory-built fireplace is in- 
stalled in accordance with the conditions 
of approval. 

c. No woodwork shall be placed within 6 
inches of a fireplace opening and wood- 
work above and projecting more than 
11/2 inches from a fireplace opening shall 
not be placed less than 12 inches from 
the top of a fireplace opening. 

d. All spaces back of combustible mantels 
shall be filled with noncombustible ma- 
terial. 

3. Firestopping : All spaces between fireplaces 
of masonry or reinforced concrete and wood 
joists, beams or headers shall be firestopped 
by placing noncombustible material to a 
depth of 1 inch at the bottom of such 
spaces. 



Article 10. To see if the Town will vote to amend the 
Building By-Law of the Town of Acton by adding the fol- 
lowing paragraph to Section 12, or take any other action 
action relative thereto. 

Other Garages: Any building in which one or more 
motor vehicles are kept or stored, except as otherwise 
provided above for garages built in connection with a 
dwelling place, hereafter erected shall conform to the 



requirements of at least a second class building. Such 
buildings requiring this type construction include, among 
others, a public garage, a motor vehicle repair shop, auto- 
mobile paint shop, service station, lubritorium or others 
of a similar nature. 



Article 11. To see if the Town will vote to amend 
the Building By-Law of the Town of Acton by adding the 
following paragraphs to Section 14, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

In public places or places of assembly, as in churches, 
schools, hotels, high hazard institutional occupancies and 
multi-family house occupancies, the heater rooms shall 
be separated from the rest of the building by 8 inch 
masonry walls, with the ceilings plastered with fireproof 
cement mortar and door openings protected by approved 
self-closing fire doors. 

No heating equipment shall be installed within 6 feet 
of a stairway, unless stairway is protected in such a 
manner as to stop fire from traveling up stairway. 



Article 12. To see if the Town will vote to strike out 
the existing paragraph under Section 15 of the Building 
By-Law of the Town of Acton and substituting the following 
paragraphs, or take any other action relative thereto. 

a. Every dwelling, apartment or tenement or any other 
building or structure to be used in whole or in part 
for dwelling purposes, either as a permanent or tem- 
porary dwelling, except multiple family type dwelling 
houses hereafter erected, altered or remodeled, shall 
have a minimum of two (2) independent means of 
egress, placed as far apart as practicable, both of 
which shall be not less than fifteen (15) square feet 
in area and shall teiTninate to the outside of the 
building at ground level. 

b. Every multiple family type dwelling house and every 
dwelling not included in Section 15a, hereafter 
erected, altered or remodeled, shall have a minimum 
of two (2) independent means of egress for each 
apartment or tenement or other dwelling unit, placed 
as far apart as practicable, one of which shall ter- 
minate to the outside of the building at ground level. 



Article 13. To see if the Town will vote to amend the 
Building By-Law of the Town of Acton by striking out 



''and at the ceiling line of the upper story" in Section 21 
and substituting ''of each story and at the ceiling line of 
each story," or take any other action relative thereto. 



Article 14. To see if the Town will vote to amend the 
Building By-Law of the Town of Acton by adding Section 
22 as follows; or take any other action relative thereto. 

Sec. 22. No building of any type, except as otherwise 
provided herein, whether of a permanent or 
portable nature, hereafter erected, remodeled, 
restored, or moved shall be occupied or used 
in whole or in part as a dwelling until the same 
shall be inspected by the Inspector of Buildings 
and the Board of Health and a permit of occu- 
pancy issued by the Board of Health, duly 
signed by the Chairman of the Board of Health 
and the Inspector of Buildings, stating that the 
building and use thereof complies with the 
provisions of this By-Law, the laws of The 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts and all other 
Laws pertaining thereto. A permit of occu- 
pancy shall not be issued unless a building per- 
mit has been previously issued by the Building 
Inspector in accordance with the provisions of 
this By-Law. Application for a permit of occu- 
pancy shall be filed with the Inspector of Build- 
ings who shall notify the Board of Health of 
such application for permits of occupancy within 
five (5) days from receipt of same. 



Article 15. To see if the Town will vote to amend the 
Building By-Law of the Town of Acton by adding the follow- 
ing paragraphs as Section 23, or take any other action rela- 
tive thereto. 

Sec. 23. Restrictions on Construction within Fire Limits : 

1. General Restrictions: Except as otherwise 
provided in Paragraph 5 of this section, no 
building or structure of wood frame con- 
struction or of unprotected noncombustible 
construction shall be erected within the 
limits established by law as the Fire Limits, 
nor shall wood or other combustible veneers 
be permitted on buildings or structures 
within such Fire Limits. 

2. Alterations and Extensions: 

A. Within the Fire Limits no building or 



structure of wood frame construction or 
of unprotected noncombustible construc- 
tion shall be increased in height. 

B. Within the Fire Limits no building or 
structure shall be extended on any side 
by wood frame construction or unpro- 
tected noncombustible construction. The 
aggregate area of the building or struc- 
ture including the extension shall not 
exceed the allowable area for wood frame 
construction in the following table: 



Types of 
Construction 


Area of one 
Story Building 


Area of Building 
over one story 


Ordinary 


9,000 sq. ft. 


6,000 sq. ft. 


Unprotected 
noncombustible 


9,000 sq. ft. 


6,000 sq. ft. 


Wood Frame 


6,000 sq. ft. 


4,000 sq. ft. 



C. Nothing in this section shall be construed 
to prohibit other alterations within the 
Fire Limits; provided there is no change 
of occupancy to a class of occupancy 
otherwise prohibited. 

D. High hazard occupancy, as described 
below, is prohibited. High hazard occu- 
pancy means the occupancy or use of a 
building or structure or any portion 
thereof that involves highly combustible, 
highly flammable, or explosive material, 
or which has inherent characteristics 
that constitute a special fire hazard; in- 
cluding among others, aluminum powder 
factories; cellulose nitrate plastic fac- 
tories, warehouses and salesrooms ; cereal 
mills ; distilleries ; explosives manufacture, 
sales and storage; flour and feed mills; 
gasoline bulk plants; grain elevators; 
lacquer factories; liquified petroleum gas 
charging or bulk storage plants; mat- 
tress factories ; paint factories and waste- 
paper plants. 

3. Moving Buildings: No building or structure 
of wood frame construction or unprotected 
noncombustible construction shall be moved 
from without to within the Fire Limits or 
from one lot to another within the Fire 
Limits. 



4. Buildings Partly Within Fire Limits: A 

building or structure shall be deemed to be 
within the Fire Limits if one-third or more 
of the area of such building or structure is 
located therein. 

5. Exceptions to Restrictions Within Fire 
Limits : 

A. Frame dwellings not exceeding two 
stories in height and separated by at 
least 10 feet from lot line of adjoining 
property. 

B. Wood or other combustible veneers on 
noncombustible backing for show win- 
dows that do not extend above the first 
full story above grade. 

C. A building occupied as a private garage, 
not more than one story in height nor 
more than 750 square feet in area, 
located on the same lot with a dwelling; 
provided that such building shall be 
placed at least 10 feet from the lot lines 
of adjoining property. 

D. Building not exceeding 2,500 square feet 
in area when used for a business occu- 
pancy, or 1,000 square feet in area when 
used for other occupancies, nor more 
than one story in height, and having a 
horizontal separation of not less than 
10 feet on all sides. 

E. Greenhouses not more than 15 feet in 
height erected on the same lot with and 
accessory to a dwelling or a store. 

F. Sheds open on the long side, not more 
than 15 feet in height nor more than 
500 square feet in area, located at least 
10 feet from buildings and from adjoin- 
ing lot lines. 

G. Builders' shanties for use only in con- 
nection with duly authorized building 
operation and located on the same lot 
with such building operation, on a lot 
immediately adjoining on an upper floor 
of the building under construction, or on 
a sidewalk shed. 



H. Piazzas or balconies on dwellings, not 
exceeding 10 feet in width nor extending 
more than 3 feet above the second-story 
floor beams ; provided that no such struc- 
ture shall be located nearer than 10 feet 
to an adjoining lot line or be joined to 
a similar structure of another building. 

I. Fences not exceeding 10 feet in height. 



Article 16. To see if the Town will vote to amend the 
Building By-Law of the Town of Acton by adding the follow- 
ing paragraphs as Section 24, or take any other action rela- 
tive thereto. 

Sec. 24. West Acton Fire Limits: The following area in 
West Acton shall constitute the "West Acton 
Fire Limits" and the regulations given in Sec- 
tion 23 above shall apply: Starting at a point 
at the center of the intersection of Willow and 
Summer Streets in West Acton; thence in a 
northeasterly direction to the center of the inter- 
section of Homestead and Willow Streets ; thence 
in a northerly direction to the center of the inter- 
section of Arlington Street and Massachusetts 
Avenue ; thence northerly to a point in the center 
of the Boston and Maine Railroad right of way 
located 2,100 feet northeasterly from the center 
of the Massachusetts Avenue crossing as meas- 
ured along the right of way; then 1,000 feet 
southeasterly along the railroad right of way; 
thence easterly to center of the intersection of 
Elm and Arlington Streets; thence southerly 
to the center of the intersection of Cedar Ter- 
race and Massachusetts Avenue; thence west- 
erly to a point in the center of the railroad 
right of way located 850 feet southeasterly from 
the center of the Massachusetts Avenue cross- 
ing as measured along the right of way; thence 
1,250 feet southeasterly along the railroad 
right of way, thence westerly to the center of 
the intersection of Central and Summer Streets 
and westerly to the point of beginning at the 
center of the intersection of Willow and Sum- 
mer Streets. 



Article 17. To see if the Town will vote to amend the 
Building By-Law of the Town of Acton by adding the follow- 



ing paragraph as Section 25, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Sec. 25. Entry to Cock Loft: An entry to the cock loft, 
suitable for the use of the fire department, 
shall be provided in an accessible location pref- 
erably in a hallway. 



Article 18. To see if the Town will vote to accept as 
a Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in 
the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty 
(40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more 
travelled way extending in an easterly direction from Hosmer 
Street a distance of approximately two hundred seventy 
(270) feet, said road to be known as Longfellow Park, and 
said road to be maintained by the developer for a period of 
one year after acceptance, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 



Article 19. To see if the Town will vote to accept as 
a Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in 
the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty 
(40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more 
travelled way extending in westerly, northerly and southerly 
directions from Arlington Street to land of Rowland Parker 
a distance of approximately twenty-nine hundred (29.00) feet, 
said road to be known as Agawam Road, and said road to 
be maintained by the developer for a period of one year after 
acceptance, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Article 20. To see if the Town will vote to accept as 
a Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in 
the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty 
(40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more 
travelled way extending in an easterly direction from the 
point where it now ends at Mohegan Road a distance of 
approximately three hundred ten (310) feet, said road to 
be known as Seneca Road, and said road to be maintained 
by the developer for a period of one year after acceptance, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Article 21. To see if the Town will vote to accept as 
a Town Way the Road, the Plan of which has been filed in the 
office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty 
(40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more 
travelled way extending in an easterly direction from 
Mohegan Road a distance of approximately three hundred ten 



(310) feet, said road to be known as Sioux Street, and said 
road to be maintained by the developer for a period of one 
year after acceptance, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 



And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting 
attested copies thereof seven days at least before the time 
of said meeting in not less than six public places in the town 
to be designated by the Board of Selectmen. 

Hereof fail not and make due return of this warrant with 
your doings thereon to the town clerk at or before the time 
of meeting as aforesaid. 

Given under our hands at Acton this fifteenth day of 
October, 1957. 

CHARLES D. MacPHERSON 
LEO C. CUNNINGHAM 
MARTIN S. MEIGS, JR. 

Selectmen of Acton 



Planning Board 

Richard A. Gallant Term Expires 1957 

Frederick S. Whitcomb Term Expires 1958 

Aubrey C. Kretschmar Term Expires 1959 

Harold W. Flood Term Expires 1960 

Charles Judd Farley Term Expires 1961 



APPOINTMENTS MADE BY SELECTMEN — 1956 

Executive Clerk 

Virginia Milbery 

Finance Committee 

Bradford S. Leach H. Bradford Sturtevant, III 

Roger M. Myrick Arthur W. Lee 

John M. Goddard Douglas M. McGregor 

Board of Appeals 

Otto 0. Pasanen Term Expires 1957 

Hayward S. Houghton Term Expires 1958 

Edward M. Ferry Term Expires 1959 

Associates 

H. Bradford Sturtevant, III Term Expires 1957 

Donald W. Parker Term Expires 1958 

Superintendent of Streets 

Benjamin F. Rice 

Registrars of Voters 

Grace J. Cullinane Term Expires 1957 

Julia A. Barry Term Expires 1958 

James B. Wilson Term Expires 1959 

Harlan E. Tuttle Ex-Officio 

Town Accountant 

Donald 0. Nylander Term Expires 1959 

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Chief of Fire Department 

(Permanent) 

H. Stuart MacGregor 

Election Officers 
Precinct I 

Warden — Irene F. McLaughlin 
Clerk — Paul C. Cornwall 
Inspector — Marion C. Jewell 
Inspector — Mary F. McCarthy* 
Deputy Warden — John F. McLaughlin 
Deputy Clerk — Helen R. Edwards 
Deputy Inspector — Edith M. Hollowell 
Deputy Inspector — Alice C. Duren 
Teller — Inga Frost 
Teller — Katherine M. Condon 

Precinct II 

Warden — Margaret Larsen 
Clerk — Bertha Carr Tucker 
Inspector — Martha I. Lowden 
Inspector — Sophia Walsh 
Deputy Warden — Lucille Cunningham 
Deputy Clerk — Phyllis M. Moyer 
Deputy Inspector — Hazel P. Vose 
Deputy Inspector — Michael J. Walsh 
Teller — Ruth A. Banks 
Teller — Mabel S. McKelvie 

Precinct III 

Warden — Barbara J. McPhee 
Clerk — Phyllis K. Sprague 
Inspector — Barbara Nylander 
Inspector ^ — Martin J. Duggan 
Deputy Warden — Harry E. Holt 
Deputy Clerk — Stanley A. Nedza 
Deputy Inspector — Elsie M. Godfrey 
Deputy Inspector — Genevieve L. Hatch 
Teller — Minnie C. Veasie 
Teller — Mary H. Prentice 
* Deceased 



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Acton-Boxborough Regional District School Committee 
George E. Neagle Thomas E. Wetherbee 

Inspector of Animals 

Arno H. Perkins 

Dog Oflficer 

Carl W. Flint 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 

A. Perry Marble 

Town Forest Committee 

Franklin H. Charter Term Expires 1957 

Arno H. Perkins Term Expires 1958 

Emery D. Nelson Term Expires 1959 

Surveyors of Wood and Lumber 

Oliver D. Wood E. John Torkelsen 

Fence Viewers 

Laurence Hadley Louis F. Leveroni 

Allan R. Murray 

Fire Alarm Operator 

Frederic W. Rimbach 

Field Drivers 

Arno H. Perkins George Kemp 

Superintendent of Moth Work 

Franklin H. Charter 

Burial Agent 
Carl W. Flint 

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Veterans' Agent 

*Carl W. Flint 
**Ian M. Mott 

* Resigned ** Elected to replace * 

Inspector of Wires 

Kenneth L. Duffy 

Police Officers 

♦Michael Foley, Chief 

*Edward J. Collins, Jr. William J. Durkin, Jr. 

*Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr. T. Frederick S. Kennedy 

*Warren F. Birch Carl W. Flint 

* David W. Scribner Ray L. Harris 
Benjamin F. Rice Roy H. Linscott 
Viola M. Foley Franklin H. Charter 
James P. Conheeney, Jr. Orma L. Clark 
Louis F. Leveroni John F. Hekkala 
John F. Canessa Edward R. Kelly 
Irving W. Davis Norman L. Roche 

Richard N. Farrell 

* Civil Service — Permanent 

Superintendent of Jones Memorial Field 

Frederic W. Rimbach 

Superintendent of Goward Field 

Frederic W. Rimbach 

Workmen's Compensation Agent 

Theron A. Lowden 

Director of Civil Defense 

Harry L. Stiegler 

Deputy Director of Civil Defense 

Allen C. Beddoe 

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Public Weighers 

William Braman Albert R. Jenks 

G. Howard Reed Porter G. Jenks 

A. W. Davis Louise Garceau 

Philip Newell Ruth Durkin 

Carl W. Flint Otis J. Reed 

Harold A. Merriam Harold Whitney 

Frank E. Greenough Robert Greenough 

Town Counsel 
John J. Sheehan 



Building Inspector 

Albert E. Foster 

Deputy Building Inspector 

John E. Nelson 



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REPORT OF DOG OFFICER 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year beginning 
January 1, 1956 and ending December 31, 1956. 

Keeping and destroying 41 stray dogs .... $266.50 
Expenses 50.00 



$316.50 

Seventy-one (71) calls and complaints investigated. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CARL W. FLINT, 

Dog Officer. 



REPORT OF THE FENCE VIEWERS 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen 
Gentlemen : 

Your committee on Fence Viewing for the Town of Acton 
reports no activity in partition fences for the year 1956. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LOUIS F. LEVERONI, 
LAURENCE HADLEY, 
ALLAN R. MURRAY. 



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REPORT OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE 

Budget requests are higher this year than last in spite 
of earnest efforts by department heads and town officials to 
effect economies and to improve operating efficiency. The 
Town, no less than the individual citizen, is affected by the 
inflationary pressures of our present economy. 

Salary and wage levels have had to be raised again this 
year. Nevertheless, they are still too low to be competitive 
in some cases. The Police force has been enlarged to provide 
the 24-hour a day protection which has become essential. 
School costs continue to grow. They will do so inevitably for 
several years as a result of population trends. 

Both material and labor costs for such things as construc- 
tion, road repair, drainage, and equipment maintenance have 
increased. Replacement of obsolete or worn out equipment 
has had to be provided for. It is false economy to postpone 
such expenditures too long. 

The citizens of Acton will be better served by the reorgani- 
zation and consolidation of certain town ofl[ices and clerical 
positions which went into effect January 1, 1957. Some 
operating economies will result, but more remains to be done 
along these lines. The new permanent Building Committee 
and the recommended Industrial Development Committee and 
Wage and Salary Board should help in time to improve the 
financial position of the Town through better long term 
planning and other services. However, none of these things — 
helpful though they may be — are likely to reverse the gen- 
eral upward trend of the costs of town government under 
present economic conditions and while the population of 
Acton continues its rapid growth. The Finance Committee 
will continue its efforts to help the Town achieve the highest 
income and the lowest costs consistent with sound govern- 
ment. 

The Committee wishes to express its appreciation to the 
boards, committees and department heads for meeting our 
requests for more detailed financial records, and for their 
co-operation generally throughout the year. 

JOHN M. GODDARD 
ARTHUR W. LEE 

DOUGLAS McGregor 

H. BRADFORD STURTEVANT 
ROGER M. MYRICK, Clerk 
BRADFORD S. LEACH, Chairman 

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REPORT OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I hereby submit my twenty-fourth annual report of the 
Fire Department for the year ending December 31, 1956. 

Total number of alarms responded to are as follows: 

Residential 9 

Miscellaneous 5 

Manufacturing 6 

Grass and Brush 45 

Automobile, etc 8 

False Alarms 2 

Smoke scares and honest mistakes 4 

First Aid and Accidents 12 

Out of Town 11 

102 
Loss to buildings smd contents $28,055.00 

Permits issued: 

Oil and Power Burners 224 

Bottled Gas 93 

Blasting 46 

Open Air Fires 472 

Collected for Oil, Gas and Blasting Permits $183.50 

Collected for Illegal Fires $186.45 

Under Article 35, the fire alarm circuit extension was com- 
pleted and put into service on August 21. 

Under Article 36, two power hose reels were installed 
on the forest fire truck and put into service on April 24. 

Under Article 37, the new radio base station was installed 
at fire alarm headquarters and put into service December 16. 

This year we were able to purchase 1,100 feet of 21/^ inch 
hose and 600 feet of II/2 inch hose. Several lengths of old 
hose went bad due to age. An exceptionally large amount 
of money was spent in repairs on equipment, such as nozzles, 
gates, booster tanks, etc. which became damaged or leaky 
through years of service. Also we had large repair bills 
on both Engines 3 and 4. However, this is not too surpris- 
ing as both these trucks are twenty years old and this being 
the first year they had to have any major repairs. 

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I am pleased to report that we have accomphshed several 
of the recommendations of the underwriters which are as 
follows : 

#16b: Hand extinguishers for all classes of fires, fog 
and spray nozzles for 21/2 and IV2 inch nozzles, applicators 
and spray nozzles for booster tank have been purchased. 

#17a: All hose has been tested to a pressure of 200 
pounds per square inch. 

#17b: A complete record has been set up of hose pur- 
chase dates, repair dates and test dates. Also a running 
inventory of hose in stock. 

#18: A department mechanic has been appointed. His 
duties are to check the motorized equipment once a month 
and send in a written report to the Chief, also he is respon- 
sible for proper training of drivers and pump operators. 

#22: Under fire prevention, a system has been set up 
to inspect all public buildings such as Churches, Schools, 
Stores, Factories and places of Assembly, etc. All of these 
have not yet been inspected but will be in the near future 
and thereafter periodically. 

#28: A fire alarm gong has been installed so the Water 
Department will be informed of fires. 

#33a: A building code has been adopted. 

#33c: That the use of other than approved roof covering 
on repaired or new roofs be prohibited throughout the 
municipality. 

In 1957 I would like to extend the fire alarm system to 
cover that part of West Acton known as Indian Village, 
which lies between Central and Arlington Streets, including 
ten (10) boxes and also install a master alarm box at the 
High School. 

I would like to install a remote control radio set at the 
Center Station so the man filling in for time off, vacations 
or sickness will be in control of the radio without having to 
tie up a truck for that purpose. 

I would like to get started on a new fire station at West 
Acton so when we purchase a new pump in 1958 there will 
be a place to put it. 

Furthermore I would like to submit a plan for future re- 
placement of fire apparatus. I feel this plan is reasonable 

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and just, due to serious conditions that we know exist. We 
also know that these things have to be changed in order to 
maintain our present Insurance rate. I also feel that this 
plan would be much easier on the taxpayers than if we 
allowed conditions to remain until we are forced to correct 
them all at one time. If we follow our present policy of 
setting aside $5,000.00 per year our apparatus replacements 
will come as follows: 



Truck 




Purchase 


Replacement 


Age 


Number 




Date • 


Date 


At That Time 


Engine 


4 


1936 


1958 


22 Years 


Engine 


3 


1936 


1961 


25 Years 


Ladder 


1 


1942 


1967 


25 Years 


Engine 


5 


1946 


1970 


24 Years 


Rescue 


6 


1949 


1973 


24 Years 


Engine 


7 


1955 


1976 


21 Years 



By building a fire station in West Acton in 1957 we will 
have a place to put the Engine due in 1958. By building a 
fire station in South Acton in 1960 we will have a place to 
put the Engine due in 1961. My estimate for these two fire 
stations is $150,000.00. If this was spread out on a six 
year basis it would increase the tax rate approximately $3.50 
per year, on a ten year basis approximately $2.10 per year. 
On the other hand if we fell back to a D rate of Insurance 
it would mean an increase of approximately $5.00 per year 
for the average Insured and this measure would continue 
indefinitely. 

Our equipment is in good condition. The apparatus is 
in as good repair as can be expected considering the age of 
most of it. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. S. MacGREGOR, 
Chief of Fire Department. 



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REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Gentlemen : 

I hereby submit my report as Inspector of Animals for the 
year 1956. 

Premises inspected 61 

Cows 168 

Young Cattle 51 

Bulls 3 

Steers 8 

Swine 12 

Sheep 37 

Goats 14 

Horses and Ponies 50 

Dog Bites 23 

Dogs Quarantined 23 

Rabies 

Respectfully submitted, 

ARNO H. PERKINS, 
Inspector of Animals. 



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REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF WIRES 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report as Inspector of Wires for 
the year ending December 31, 1956. 

Three hundred and fifty-one permits were issued. The 
sum of six hundred thirty-seven dollars and seventy-five cents 
($637.75) was collected in fees for these permits, and turned 
over to the Treasurer. 

Respectfully submitted, 

KENNETH L. DUFFY, 

Inspector of Wires. 

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REVISED JURY LIST — 1956 

Precinct I 

Forrest E. Bean, Jr., 40 Wood Lane, beef merchandiser 
Russell C. Berry, 54 Hosmer Street, retired 
Shennan W. Frost, 852 Main Street, farmer 
Ray L. Harris, 781 Main Street, water commissioner 
Walter B. Stevens, 20 Concord Road, manager 
E. Clayton Steeves, 49 Taylor Road, supervisor 
Roy H. Linscott, 341 Great Road, owner gas station 
Julius Roth, 777 Main Street, factory manager 
David E. Driscoll, 7 Great Road, mechanical engineer 
Edward W. Mann, 90 Hammond Street, ins. maker 
Caroline McGregor, 140 Nagog Hill Road, home maker 
Raynold Dagenais, Nagog Hill Road, salesman 

Precinct II 

Edward H. Bentsen, 74 School Street, sheet metal 

Thomas W. Curtin, 66 Maple Street, lithographer 

Margaret F. Heath, 74 Main Street, clerk 

Sylvester P. Condon, 54 Central Street, General Motors 

Frederick J. Strate, 198 Main Street, postal clerk 

Dante E. Bartolomeo, 40 Liberty Street, Civil Engineer 

John A. Flaherty, 11 Chadwick Street, rigger 

George W. Larrabee, 37 Liberty Street, equipment operator 

Galen R. McLaughlin, 31 Prospect Street, tool maker 

Arthur McKelvie, 48 Main Street, plumber 

Edwin B. Murdough 87 School Street, Civil Engineer 

Millard J. Landry, 49 Maple Street, machinist 

Precinct III 

David E. Worrall, 16 Mohawk Drive, tube grinder 
Margaret B. Miney, 402 Central Street, housewife 
Frederick A. Harris, 15 Church Street, granite worker 
Benjamin H. Webster, 28 Mohawk Drive, instructor 
Richard Sisson, Hayward Road, builder 
Ernest K. Anderson, 251 Newtown Road, postal clerk 
Irving 0. Berlied, 74 Summer Street, carpenter 
George H. Locke, Jr., 235 Arlington Street, assembly man 
Clyde J. Home, 13 Orchard Drive, assistant plant manager 
Donald J. MacLennan, Nash Road, engineer 
John Fitzallen Moore, 47 Mohawk Drive, scientist 
William J. Grancey, 2 Mohawk Drive, salesman 

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REPORT OF THE MOTH SUPERINTENDENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report as Moth Superintendent for 
the year 1956. A Dormant Spray for the Elm Bark Beetle 
was put on all town Elms in April. A Foliage spray was put 
on in June for Elm Leaf Beetles and Cankerworms. 

There were 46 Town trees infected with Dutch Elm Disease 
in 1956. All of them have been removed. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRANKLIN H. CHARTER, 

Moth Superintendent. 



REPORT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my thirtieth annual report for the 
Police Department for the year ending December 31, 1956. 
This report includes all arrests made within the Town during 
the past year. It also includes reports on Motor Vehicle 
accidents, bicycle registrations, houses checked, parking viola- 
tions, and tickets given for defective equipment in addition 
to other items. 

Arrests and prosecutions for the following offenses: 

Speeding 217 

Speed Regulation 69 

Law of the Road 6 

School Bus Law violation 10 

Operating without Ucense in possession 4 

Operating without lights on motor vehicle 1 

Operating under influence of liquor 11 

Operating without tail light 1 

Operating without rear plate light 1 

Operating so as to endanger 24 

Fish and Game violation 3 

Operating an unregistered motor vehicle 18 

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Operating an uninsured motor vehicle 9 

Attaching plates 3 

Drunkenness 17 

Larceny 9 

Red Light violations 8 

Stop Sign violations 8 

Operating after suspension of right 1 

Making unsafe turn 1 

Operating a motor vehicle v^^ithout a license 11 

Vagrancy 5 

Racing 2 

Fraudulent check 1 

Operating an uninspected motor vehicle 4 

Desertion 1 

Going away after causing property damage 1 

Operating without registration in possession 2 

Operating without a registration 3 

Operating after revocation of license 6 

Inadequate brakes 1 

Not using care in passing 1 

Carrying a revolver without a permit 5 

Breaking and Entering and Larceny 2 

Trespassing 2 

Defacing serial number on firearms 4 

Operating after suspension of license 1 

Loaded rifle in motor vehicle 1 

Non-support 2 

Giving false name to Police Officer 1 

Collection of junk without a license 1 

Spilling on highway 1 

Operation after revocation of right 1 

Operating recklessly 1 

Operating with no plates displayed 1 

Larceny of auto 4 

Failing to give right of way at intersection 1 

Manslaughter 2 

Lewd and Lascivious behaviour 1 

Rape 1 

Begetting 1 

Using a motor vehicle without authority 1 



493 

Motor Vehicle Accident Report : 1955 1956 

Total number of accidents reported 95 94 

Number of occupants injured 58 64 

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Number of occupants killed 1 1 

Number of pedestrians injured 1 

Number of pedestrians killed 1 1 

Bicyclists injured 2 3 

Motorcyclists injured 1 

Miscellaneous Statistics: 

Houses checked 468 

Parking tickets given 119 

Defective Equipment tickets given 170 

There were 1,027 motor vehicles checked by this depart- 
ment for traffic or motor vehicle violations for which the 
operators received verbal warnings, summonses to appear in 
court or had the violation reported to the Registrar of Motor 
Vehicles for action. 

Bicycle Registrations: 

Of the 959 bicycle registrations in circulation, there have 
been only 477 new and renewed registrations issued in 1956. 
All bicycles in the town must be registered with the Police 
Department. All registrations expire on April 30th, 1958. 
No charge is made if the plate issued is still in good condi- 
tion. If a new plate is issued, the fee is twenty-five cents. 

Cruisers : 

We have two cruisers ; a 1956 Dodge sedan and a 1957 Ford 
Ranch Wagon. The 1957 Ford Ranch Wagon is a combina- 
tion cruiser and ambulance which can be used for emergency 
purposes. 

Personnel Records: 

On October 30, 1956, the Selectmen created a new position 
in the Police Department in the rank of Sergeant, and 
Edward J. Collins, Jr. was provisionally appointed to the post 
pending a Civil Sendee examination. Also at this time, 
William Durkin, Jr. was appointed a patrolman under the 
same set up. 

Due to my illness, and the fact that my retirement becomes 
effective January 31, 1957, two additional patrolmen were 
added to the Department. Norman Roche and Richard 
Farrell were appointed to the Police Department as patrolmen 
pending Civil Service examinations for these positions. This 
brings the total number of officers to seven; five patrolmen, 
a sergeant, and a chief. 

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I have recommended to the Board of Selectmen that Ser- 
geant Collins become Acting Chief upon the effective date 
of my retirement. Sergeant Collins has been with the De- 
partment eight years. He has assisted me in many of my 
duties as Chief. Whenever I left town on vacation or for 
any other purpose Sergeant Collins was put in charge of 
the Department. He is familiar with the duties of a chief 
and the general functions of the police department. 

In my association with all the members of the De- 
partment over the years I have found them to be very sin- 
cere, cooperative, devoted to duty, and their services have 
been in the highest tradition of the Force. 

I wish to express my thanks to the entire Department 
for their loyalty to me and to the town during the years 
which they have served under me and it is with sincere 
appreciation to all the boards, departments and citizens of 
Acton that I close my thirtieth annual report as Chief of 
Police. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MICHAEL FOLEY, 
Chief of Police. 



REPORT OF 
SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 
Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my annual report of Sealer of Weights 
and Measures for the year ending December 31, 1956. 

In the past year I have sealed 273 weighing and measuring 
devices. 

There are at the present time 38 gas pumps, 11 Vehicle 
Gas and Oil Tmcks, 71 sets of Scales, the rest being weights 
and small measures. 

Sealing fees collected $148.70. The same was turned over 
to the Town Treasurer. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. PERRY MARBLE, 
Sealer of Weights and Measures. 

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REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year ending December 
31, 1956. 

Chapter 90 — Construction 

(1.) The construction, on Main Street, Acton Center, for 
1955 which was held up due to the flood in October of that 
year was completed in June. 

(2.) The washout on High Street in January, due to high 
water, was filled in and new sheathing for a retaining wall 
was driven. This reconstruction was done by the original 
contractor, who was not at fault, at no cost to the town. 

(3.) The construction on Massachusetts Avenue in West 
Acton was done under contract by the Charles Contracting 
Company of Waltham. This was delayed due to changes 
in the drainage grades and the changing of pipe material and 
size under the Boston and Maine Railroad, plus the delay 
in the delivery of the correct pipe due to the seasonal demand. 

(4.) The planned construction for 1957 is the relocation 
and surfacing of Main Street, from Central Street to Prospect 
Street, with the addition of suitable drainage and a sidewalk 
on the west side. 

Chapter 90 — Maintenance 

All Chapter 90 Maintenance work, consisting of resurfac- 
ing, was completed and a similar program is contemplated for 
1957. A total of $4,500.00 is allotted for the work on 
Chapter 90 roads, State, County, and Town each contributing 
one-third. It is possible that in the future it will be neces- 
sary for the State, County and Town to increase their con- 
tribution because of the rising cost per mile. 

Chapter 81 

The floods of October 1955 and January 1956 washed sur- 
plus sand into many catch basins and drop in-lets of our 
drainage system to the extent of rendering some of them 
useless. These along with some culverts had to be flushed 
out and some of them repaired. Because of this unexpected 
expense the money under Chapter 81 was expended earlier 
than was anticipated. Therefore several roads which were 
ready to be oiled could not be done and will have to be pre- 

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pared again in 1957. A large amount of patching could not 
be done which leaves more repairing to be done in 1957. This 
plus the added patching, repairing and graveling accounted 
for over $8,000.00 of the $24,650.00 of Chapter 81 money. 
Added roads and increasing prices are also reducing the 
amount of maintenance that can be done. 

Drainage 

Drainage is an increasing problem and the establishing of 
a Drainage Account was necessary to relieve Chapter 81 of 
the drainage item. Under the newly established Drainage 
Account we will be able to install several small catch basin 
systems where they are badly needed. 

Article 16 — Town Meeting of March 12, 1956 

Under Article 16 the work on the brook in West Acton was 
undertaken by the Highway Department to prevent a layoff 
of regular department employees and 70% of the work is 
completed. Work was stopped on this project because of the 
weather and it was necessary for the Water District to lower 
the main on Willow Street. 

Equipment 

The new Trojan Loader, purchased in May 1956, has proved 
very satisfactory by speeding up all phases of work. It has 
cut sanding time 40% and practically eliminated the hiring 
of equipment for snow removal in the Squares. 

The large motor driven sweeper has been a big help. 
Admitted it is dusty and does not pick up the dirt but it 
has cut the sweeping time 500%. It is hoped that in the 
near future a power sweeper can be obtained. This machine 
would eliminate the dust and pick up the oiling and snow 
sand from the gutters. A new truck will be needed before 
too long and it is hoped a stabilization fund will be started 
so these expenditures would not be too great at any one time. 

Due to the co-operation of the Cemetery Department we 
have been using their compressor. It is very convenient and 
has saved the Department considerable time and money. We 
have need of some accessories that the Cemetery Department 
does not use and it is hoped we will be able to obtain these 
this year. If so, we would not have to hire a compressor for 
any reason. These accessories should pay for themselves 
in two years. 

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Miscellaneous 

Building Repair: A face lifting is contemplated for the 
garage, necessitated by the size of the equipment. A re- 
roofing is needed and it is thought that at the same time 
a section of the roof could be raised and large overhead doors 
installed. The present doors are too low and narrow, and as 
they open outward they are a constant source of trouble dur- 
ing the winter. 

An addition to one of the buildings was completed for the 
housing of the roller and grader. No money was available 
for a door for this addition but it is hoped one can be in- 
stalled this year. 

I would like to thank the townspeople and the various 
departments for their co-operation during the year. 

Pwespectfully submitted, 

BENJAMIN F. RICE, 

Superintendent of Streets. 



REPORT OF THE TOWN FOREST COMMITTEE 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The Town Forest Committee submits the following report 
for the year 1956. 

The sum of $100 was appropriated for work in the Town 
Forest. The brush along the fire lanes was sprayed with 
brushkiller. The rest was cut to the ground. Brush was 
also cut along two access roads in the Texas lot. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRANKLIN H. CHARTER, 

EMERY NELSON, 
ARNO H. PERKINS, 

Town Forest Committee. 

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REPORT OF 
WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION AGENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

During the year ended December 31, 1956, four accidents 
were reported to me. They all required medical attention 
but two were of a more serious nature but were taken care 
of as far as the law would allow. 

Respectfully submitted, 

THERON A. LOWDEN, 
Compensation Agent. 



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REPORT OF TOWN CLERK 



RECORD OF 
TOWN ELECTION HELD MARCH 5, 1956 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 
Whole number of votes cast 204 249 283 736 

MODERATOR, one year 

Albert P. Durkee 180 217 252 649 

Sworn by Town Clerk Mareh 10, 1956 

James Kinsley 1 1 

Blanks 24 32 30 86 

TOWN CLERK, one year 

Harlan E. Tuttle 194 234 262 690 

Sworn by Moderator March 10, 1956 
Blanks 10 15 21 46 

SELECTMAN, three years 

Leo C. Cunningham, Jr 181 214 259 654 

Sworn by Town Clerk Mareh 6, 1956 
Blanks 23 35 24 82 

ASSESSOR, three years 

Albert P. Durkee 180 220 252 652 

Sworn by Town Clerk March 10, 1956 
Blanks 24 29 31 84 

BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE, three years 

Walter B. Stevens 178 213 255 646 

Sworn by Town Clerk March 31, 1956 
Blanks 26 36 28 90 

TREASURER, one year 

Wm. Henry Soar 189 228 261 673 

Sworn by Town Clerk March 12, 1956 
Blanks 15 21 22 58 

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TOWN COLLECTOR, one year 

Charles M. MacRae 188 220 262 670 

Sworn by Town Clerk March 12, 1956 
Blanks 16 29 21 66 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, three years 

Evelyn N. MacLean 144 173 187 504 

Sworn March 10, 1956 

Thomas E. Wetherbee 160 199 196 555 

Sworn March 12, 1956 

George H. Allen 30 48 71 149 

Joseph F. Bushell 9 6 45 60 

Raymond F. Letts 33 34 34 101 

Blanks 32 38 33 103 

CONSTABLES, one year 

Edward J. Collins, Jr 185 222 259 666 

Sworn by Town Clerk 

Michael Foley 186 219 261 666 

Sworn by Town Clerk 

T. Frederick S. Kennedy .... 180 217 257 654 

Sworn by Town Clerk March 12, 1956 

Ivar Peterson 189 210 261 660 

Sworn by Town Clerk March 6, 1956 

Scattered 112 

Blanks 76 127 93 296 

CEMETERY COMMISSIONER three years 

Harry E. Holt 184 212 253 649 

Scattered 1 1 

Blanks 20 36 30 86 

BOARD OF HEALTH, three years 

Herbert L. Leusher 188 212 249 649 

Sworn by Town Clerk March 12, 1956 
Blanks '. 16 37 34 87 

TRUSTEE OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY, three years 

Vesta B. Thompson 169 154 235 558 

Sworn by Town Clerk March 8, 1956 

William E. Cowley, Jr 25 67 27 119 

Blanks 10 28 21 59 

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TREE WARDEN, one year 

Franklin H. Charter 190 214 261 665 

Sworn by Town Clerk March 8, 1956 
Blanks 14 35 22 71 

PLANNING BOARD, five years 

Charles Judd Farley 113 79 81 273 

Sworn by Town Clerk March 10, 1956 

John F. McLaughlin 44 34 

Arnold H. Mercier 30 71 

William C. Ray 8 43 

Blanks 9 22 



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233 


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ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF 

THE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 

MARCH 12, 1956 

Article 1. (Officers) To choose all necessary Town Offi- 
cers and Committees and fix the salaries and compensation 
of all the elective officers of the town. 

Chose: Clara Sawyer trustee of the Elizabeth White Fund 
for three years. 

Chose: Frederick T. Kennedy trustee of the Acton Fire- 
men's Relief Fund for three years. 

Chose: Arno H. Perkins trustee of the West Acton Fire- 
men's Relief Fund for three years. 

Chose: Thelma L. Boatman trustee of the Goodnow Fund 
for two years to fill vacancy and Frank E. Greenough trustee 
of the Goodnow Fund for three years. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of 
Selectmen be six hundred dollars per annum and the other 
members three hundred dollars each per annum. 

Voted : That the salary of the Moderator be fifteen dollars 
for one evening and twenty-five dollars for two evenings for 
the annual town meeting and ten dollars for each special 
meeting. 

Voted: That the salary of the Town Treasurer be thirteen 
hundred dollars per annum. 

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Voted: That the salary of the Town Collector be two 
thousand dollars per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of 
Assessors be twenty-five hundred dollars per annum and the 
other members eight hundred dollars each per annum. 

Voted : That the salary of the Town Clerk be six hundred 
fifty dollars per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of the Tree Warden be fixed at 
$1.60 per hour plus 75 cents per hour for use of a truck. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of 
Health be twenty-five dollars per annum; the clerk fifteen 
dollars and the other member ten dollars per annum and 
that the Board of Health be authorized to appoint one of its 
own members as an assistant agent and assistant custodian of 
the Town Dump at the rate of $1.25 per hour in accordance 
with the provisions of Section 4A of Chapter 41 of the 
General Laws. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of 
Public Welfare be one hundred twenty-five dollars per annum 
and that of the other members seventy-five dollars each per 
annum. 

Article 2. (Reports) To see if the Town will vote to 
accept the several reports of the Town Oflficers and Boards, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To accept the several reports of the town officers 
and boards. 

Article 3. To hear and act upon the reports of any Com- 
mittees chosen at any previous town meeting that have not 
already reported. 

Report of the Special School Building Committee 

The Town Meeting of December 22, 1955, voted to author- 
ize the Moderator to appoint a committee of five members, 
one of whom would be from the School Committee, to plan 
an addition of six rooms to the Julia L. McCarthy Primary 
School. 

The committee has met regularly since its appointment and 
has also held conference with members of the Board of 
Assessors and the Planning Board. We have had liasion with 
the School Committee through our joint member. Mr. 
O'Connell, the Superintendent of Schools, has attended most 

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of our meetings. One conference was held with representa- 
tives of the State School Building Assistance Commission. 

The Committee's first action was to study the projected 
school population of grades one through six as provided by the 
School Department. This census is of children now living in 
Town and who will be of school age not later than 1961. 
This does not take into account any children of this age who 
move into town within this period. 

The present primary space available in the school system 
consists of eight rooms at the Julia L. McCarthy School, 
four rooms at the West School, four rooms at the South 
School, and three rooms at the Center School — a total of 
nineteen rooms. In addition, three more rooms outside the 
school system are being rented. 

When the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School is com- 
pleted, the present Acton High School will be converted for 
elementary use. This will provide eleven more rooms for a 
total of thirty rooms within the school system. On the basis 
of the School Department census and with classes of twenty- 
five pupils, this will provide sufficient space for the period 
necessary for a complete and thorough investigation of the 
school needs and to formulate plans for additional space. 

The town would be unable to complete the construction of 
any building sooner than the High School conversion would be 
ready. The present school facilities would provide space for 
at least the next three years. Therefore, it seemed to this 
committee that some time should be taken to study the long- 
range aspect of the Acton School System. 

The questions that came to our minds were many. The 
McCarthy School was planned for a four room addition. Could 
it be increased to a six room addition without extensive im- 
provements? The additional six rooms would provide the 
town with thirty-six rooms in its grades one through six. 
Would this extra space be empty, or should one of the village 
schools be temporarily closed? 

This committee concurs with the School Committee that 
the village schools are not a very satisfactory educational 
facility, nor do they rate highly from a safety standpoint. 
Perhaps they should be replaced with another building? If 
so, where and when? The members of this committee would 
like to study these and other questions further. They would 
like to consult with the School Committee to understand the 
educational needs and goals, and with the Planning Board as to 
future growth of population centers in the Town. 

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May we then request this meeting to extend the term and 
the scope of this Committee that we can explore the long- 
range requirements of the Town's educational facilities, and 
to report to the Town within the next six months. 

No money has been expended from our appropriation of 
$500. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ORMAL LAFFIN, 
NORMAN McINTOSH, 
EDMUND McNIFF, 
LLOYD PRIEST, 
WALTER STEVENS. 

Voted: That the report of the Special School Building 
Committee be accepted as a report of progress. 

Report of the War Memorial Committee 

The committee appointed under Article 3 of the Special 
Town Meeting held September 12, 1955 as a "Committee to 
study and investigate and make recommendations for a 
suitable memorial to Acton Veterans who served in the 
Armed Forces of the United States of America or its Allies 
during World War II or the Korean Conflict" have met and 
organized with: 

Clyde J. Home as Chairman 
Louis C. Schwaab as Secretary 

After exploratory discussions it was generally decided to 
proceed along the lines of Permanent, Tablet or Stone type 
and Living Memorials. 

Permanent and Stone type being investigated by Theron 
A. Lowden. 

Living Memorials such as a swimming pool being investi- 
gated by Leslie F. Parke. 

Scholarships by Carl W. Bergman. 

The committee feels that the Living type Memorials are 
more appropriate and in harmony with the sentiments ex- 
pressed by Veterans country wide. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CARL W. BERGMAN, 
CLYDE J. HORNE, 
THERON A. LOWDEN, 
LESLIE F. PARKE, 
LOUIS C. SCHWAAB. 

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Voted : That this report be accepted as a report of process. 

Article 4. To see what sums of money the Tov/n will vote 
to raise and appropriate to defray the necessary expenses 
of the several departments of the Town and determine how 
the same shall be raised. 

Voted : That the following sums of money be appropriated 
for the several purposes hereinafter designated and that the 
same be expended only for those pui^Doses under the direction 
of the respective boards, committees, or officers of the town 
as follows, and that the total money shall be made available 
by a transfer of $54,000 from the Surplus Revenue Account 
and the remainder to be raised in the 1956 Tax Levy. 

General Government 

1 Moderator $75.00 

2 Finance Committee Expense 50.00 

3 Selectmen's Dept. — Salaries and 

Wages 4,678.00 

4 Expenses 300.00 

5 Town Accountant — Wages 1,300.00 

6 Expenses 200.00 

7 Town Treasurer — Salary and 

Wages 1,300.00 

8 Expenses 400.00 

9 Town Collector — Salaries and 

Wages 2,000.00 

9A Clerk, Wages 500.00 

10 Expenses 700.00 

11 Assessors' Salaries and Wages .. 4,500.00 

12 Expenses 400.00 

13 Town Clerk, Salary and Fees 1,100.00 

14 Expenses 350.00 

15 Elections and Registrations 

Salaries and Wages 2,490.00 

16 Expenses 900.00 

17 Total General Government $21,243.00 

Buildings and Grounds 

18 Buildings and Grounds Salaries 

and Wages $3,150.00 

19 Expenses 4,450.00 

20 Total Buildings and Grounds $7,600.00 

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Protection of Persons and Property 

21 Police, Salaries and Wages $20,920.00 

21A Clerk Hire, Wages 1,300.00 

22 Expenses — including Cruiser 

operation and Uniforms 4,425.00 

23 Fire Department — Salaries and 

Wages 8,775.00 

24 Expenses 9,120.00 

25 Fire Alarm System, Salaries and 

Wages 4,760.00 

26 Expenses 230.00 

27 Fire Hydrant Rental 10,650.00 

28 Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Salaries and Wages 250.00 

29 Expenses 50.00 

30 Moth Department Chapter 660 

Salaries and Wages 1,000.00 

31 Expenses 1,000.00 

32 Dutch Elm Disease Control Chap- 

ter 761 1,200.00 

33 Town Forests, Maintenance 100.00 

34 Shade Tree Replacement 250.00 

35 Tree Warden, Salary and Wages 2,000.00 

36 Expenses 1,200.00 

37 Wire Inspector, Salary and Travel 750.00 

38 Expenses 100.00 

39 Dog Officer 350.00 

40 Total Protection $68,430.00 

Health and Sanitation 

41 Board of Health, Salaries and 

Wages $50.00 

42 Expenses 950.00 

43 Secretary, Salary 2,385.00 

44 Town and School Nurse, Salary 3,120.00 

45 Expenses 960.00 

46 Assistant Nurse, Salary 960.00 

47 Board of Health Agent and As- 

sistant Agent, Salaries and 

Wages 1,885.00 

48 Expenses 665.00 

49 Inspector, Milk and Food 150.00 

50 Custodian Town Dump, Salaries 3,760.00 

51 Expenses 800.00 

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52 State Sanitorium 700.00 

53 Medical Supplies 150.00 

54 School Clinic 2,900.00 

55 Garbage Collection 7,900.00 

56 Inspector of Animals 150.00 

57 Expenses 25.00 

58 Plumbing Inspector 1,000.00 



59 Total Health and Sanitation $28,510.00 



Highways 

60 Village Highways $5,500.00 

61 Chapter 81 Highways 8,550.00 

62 Chapter 90 Highways 2,000.00 

63 Snow Removal 15,000.00 

64 Traffic Signs — Lines 500.00 

65 Highway Vacations 925.00 

66 Street Lighting 7,000.00 



67 Total Highways $39,475.00 



Charities 

68 Welfare District Administration 

and Welfare Board Salaries $2,275.00 

69 General Relief and Disability As- 

sistance 5,000.00 

70 Old Age Assistance 41,000.00 

71 Aid to Dependent Children 5,500.00 

72 Total Charities $53,775.00 



Veterans' Aid 

73 Veterans' Benefits, Salary and 

Wages $200.00 

74 Expenses 250.00 

75 Veterans' Benefits Expenditures 8,000.00 

76 Veterans' Services, Salary and 

Wages 800.00 

77 Expenses 25.00 



78 Total Veterans' Aid $9,275.00 

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Education 

79 Instruction, Local $156,760.00 

80 Regional 42,531.33 

81 Textbooks and Supplies, Local .... 6,775.00 

82 Regional 5,298.96 

83 Plant Operation, Local 28,450.00 

84 Regional 11,186.40 

85 Blanchard Auditorium 12,620.00 

86 Maintenance, Local 2,350.00 

87 Regional 398.25 

88 Auxiliary Agencies, Local 16,775.00 

89 Regional 5,354.26 

90 General Control, Local 9,235.00 

91 Regional 4,183.41 

92 Outlay, Local 2,400.00 

93 Regional 88.50 

94 Contingency Fund, Local 700.00 

95 Regional 132.75 

96 Total Education $305,238.86 

Libraries 

97 Libraries, Salaries and Wages .... $3,700.00 

98 Expenses 1,100.00 

99 Books 660.00 

100 Total Libraries $5,460.00 

Recreation 

101 Playgrounds, both fields $1,500.00 

102 Expenses 150.00 

103 Total Recreation $1,650.00 

Cemeteries 

104 Cemeteries, Salaries and Wages $11,200.00 

105 Expenses 2,500.00 

106 Total Cemeteries $13,700.00 

Planning Board 

107 Planning Board, Expenses $650.00 

108 Service Fees 1,150.00 

109 Total Planning Board $1,800.00 

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other Classified Expenses 

110 Town Reports $2,222.57 

111 Workmen's Compensation 2,000.00 

112 Surety Bonds 675.00 

113 Legal Services, Board of Select- 

men 500.00 

114 Fire Insurance, Town Buildings 1,100.00 

115 Memorial Day 600.00 

116 Pension Fund 3,792.00 

117 Pension Fund Expense 205.50 

118 Military Service Fund 19.32 

119 Board of Appeals, Expenses 50.00 

120 Miscellaneous 1,500.00 



121 Total Other Classified Expenses $12,664.39 

Amortization and Interest Requirements 

for the Bonded Indebtedness of the Town 
and the Regional School District 

122 Elementary and High School 

Maturing Debt $16,000.00 

123 Interest 4,930.00 

124 Blanchard Auditorium Maturing 

Debt 20,000.00 

125 Interest 1,200.00 

126 Regional School Maturing Debt 24,700.00 

127 Interest 33,345.00 

128 Surface Drainage Mohawk Drive 

and Seneca Road, Maturing 

Debt 5,000.00 

129 Interest 262.50 

130 Anticipation of Revenue Notes, 

Interest 500.00 

131 Total Amortization and Interest 

Requirements $105,937.50 



Total Budget $674,758.75 

Special Articles 

Art. 5 Vocational Tuition and Trans. $2,000.00 

Art. 6 Physical Education 1,000.00 

Art. 7 Water Safety Account 500.00 

Art. 16 Brook at Homestead Street .... 9,500.00 

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Art. 22 Eradication of Poison Ivy .... 1,000.00 

Art. 23 Stabilization Fund 5,000.00 

Art. 24 New Construction (Mass. Ave.) 7,000.00 

Art. 30 Officer and Employee Insur- 
ance 1,200.00 

Art. 31 Boiler and Machinery Insur- 
ance policy 778.24 

Art. 32 West and South Water Supply 

District — Hosmer Street .. 123.50 

Art. 35 Fire Alarm System 1,500.00 

Total to be raised and appro- 
priated under Special Ar- 
ticles $29,601.74 



Transfers 

Art. 4 Item 63 — Snow Removal .... $5,000.00 

Art. 16 Brook at Homestead Street .. 5,000.00 

Art. 19 Blanchard Auditorium 4,400.00 

Art. 25 Sidewalks, Mass. Ave., West 

Acton 4,500.00 

Art. 26 Sidewalks, South Acton 1,000.00 

Art. 27 Highways 46,675.00 

Art. 28 Machinery Account 3,000.00 

Art. 29 Tractor Loader 9,500.00 

Art. 33 Traffic Timer 450.00 

Art. 36 Automatic Hose Reel 500.00 

Art. 37 Base Radio Station 600.00 

Art. 41 Reserve Fund 6,000.00 

Total Transfers $86,625.00 



Grand Total $790,985.49 



Article 5. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $2,000.00 for the payment of voca- 
tional tuition and transportation according to the provisions 
of Chapter 74 of the General Laws, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum 
of $2,000.00 for the payment of vocational tuition and trans- 
portation according to the provisions of Chapter 74 of the 
General Laws. 

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Article 6. (Physical Education) To see if the Town will 
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,000.00 for the 
conduct of physical education and athletics by the School 
Department according to the provisions of Chapter 71 of 
the General Laws, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum 
of $1,000.00 for the conduct of physical education and ath- 
letics by the School Department according to the provisions 
of Chapter 71 of the General Laws. 

Article 7. (Water Safety Program) To see if the Town 
will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $500.00 to 
establish a special Water Safety Account for the support 
of the summer Water Safety Program, which is jointly spon- 
sored by the Red Cross and the School Department, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $500.00 to 
establish a special Water Safety Account for the support of 
the Water Safety Program which is jointly sponsored by 
the Red Cross and the School Department. 

Article 8. (Primary School Addition) To see if the 
Town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of money for 
the purpose of constructing an addition to the Julia L. 
McCarthy Primary School and for originally equipping and 
furnishing said addition, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted to pass over the article. 

Article 9. To see if the Town will vote to raise and ap- 
propriate a sum of money for the purpose of converting the 
present High School Building to accommodate elementary 
school pupils, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted to pass over the article. 

Article 10. (Renovate High School) To see if the Town 
will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of money to reno- 
vate the present High School Building, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Motion was made that the Town raise and appropriate the 
sum of $42,500.00 for the installation in the present High 
School building of new heating, ventilating, and air condi- 

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tioning equipment, and for the installation of acoustical 
ceilings. 

This motion failed to pass. 

At 11:15 P.M. it was voted to adjourn and resume the 
Town Meeting, March 19, 1956 at 7:30 P.M. at the Blan- 
chard Auditorium. 



The adjourned Town Meeting was called to order by the 
Moderator at 7:30 P.M., March 19, 1956 with 6 voters pres- 
ent, namely: Moderator, Albert P. Durkee; Town Clerk, 
Harlan B. Tuttle; Selectman, Leo C. Cunningham; Police 
Officer, David Scribner; Planning Board Member, Aubrey 
Kretschmar; Custodian of Blanchard Auditorium, Emery 
D. Nelson and his son Robert Nelson. Because of the bliz- 
zard the meeting was adjourned to Wednesday, March 21, 
7:30 P. M. at the Blanchard Auditorium. 



The Moderator called the meeting to order at 7 :30 P. M., 
Wednesday, March 21, 1956. 

Article 11. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the 
Selectmen to purchase, take by eminent domain or otherwise 
acquire for the Town for school purposes, land currently 
owned by Maynard Building Supply, Inc. and being shown as 
lots 2, 3 and 4 on a Plan by McCarthy Engineering Service, 
Inc., which plan is dated May 4, 1955 and recorded in the 
Middlesex South District Registry of Deeds in Book 8483, 
Page 154, bounded and described as follows: Southerly by 
Main Street 450 feet, Westerly by land now or formerly of 
Kelley 249.68 feet. Northerly by land of Town of Acton 490 feet 
and Easterly by land now or formerly of George S. Todd, et 
al. 189.09 feet; and to see if the Town will appropriate a 
sum of money therefor, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted unanimously to pass over the article. 

Article 12. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the 
Selectmen to purchase, take by eminent domain or otherwise 
acquire for the Town for school purposes, land currently 
owned by Maynard Building Supply, Inc. and being shown 
as lot 4 on a Plan by MacCarthy Engineering Service, Inc., 
• 

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which plan is dated May 4, 1955 and recorded in the Middle- 
sex South District Registry of Deeds in Book 8483, Page 154, 
bounded and described as follows : Southerly by Main Street 
150 feet, Westerly by lot #3, 200 feet, Northerly by land of 
the Town of Acton 190 feet and Easterly by land now or 
formerly of George S. Todd, et al. 189.09 feet; and to see 
if the Town will appropriate a sum of money therefor, or 
take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted unanimously to pass over the article. 

Article 13. To see if the Town will vote to amend the 
Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by adding 
the following as Paragraph Three (3) to Section Four (4) 
Business District, or take any other action relative thereto. 

3. Area Regulation. A structure erected for resi- 
dential purposes in a Business Zone shall conform to 
the area, setback, side and rear line restrictions as set 
forth in Section Three (3) of the Protective Zoning 
By-Law of the Town of Acton. 

Voted unanimously to pass over the article. 



Article 14. To see if the Town will vote to amend the 
Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by adding 
the following as Paragraph Eight (8) of Section Six (6) 
Administration, or take any other action relative thereto. 

8. No new construction, or alteration of an existing 
structure that would cause a physical change affecting 
the zoning regulations as applicable to the building if 
altered, may be started without a permit from the Board 
of Selectmen. The application for permit should be 
filed at least fifteen (15) days prior to the start of con- 
struction or alteration. 

Voted unanimously to pass over the article. 



Article 15. To see if the Town will authorize the Board 
of Selectmen to appoint a permanent building committee to 
be known as the Town Building Committee ; said Committee 
to be composed of five members and of the members first ap- 
pointed, one is to serve for one year, one is to serve for two 
years, two are to serve for three years and one is to serve 
for four years and thereafter appointments are to be for 
four year terms; with one member of said Committee to be 

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appointed upon the recommendation of the board or com- 
mittee within the scope of whose supervision and management 
the then contemplated building or structure will fall; vacan- 
cies during any term to be filled as provided in Section 11 
of Chapter 41 of the General Laws; said Committee to have 
general supervision over the design and construction of pub- 
lic buildings, including the authority to employ professional 
assistance and, subject to specific authorization by the Town, 
to enter into contracts on behalf of the Town for the pre- 
paration of construction plans and specifications and for the 
construction of buildings and other structures, or take any 
other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To authorize the Selectmen to appoint a Perman- 
ent Building Committee of four members, one member for 
one year, one for two years, one for three years and one 
for four years; these four appointed members to be aug- 
mented by one additional member; with this additional mem- 
ber to be appointed upon the recommendation of the board or 
committee within the scope of whose supervision and man- 
agement the then contemplated building or structure will 
fall; vacancies during any term to be filled as provided in 
Section 11 of Chapter 41 of the General Laws ; said Commit- 
tee to have general supervision over the design and construc- 
tion of public buildings, including the authority to employ 
professional assistance and, subject to specific authorization 
by the Town to enter into contracts on behalf of the Town 
for the preparation of construction plans and specifications 
and for the construction of buildings and other structures. 

Article 16. (Brook Improvement) To see if the Town 
will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $14,500.00 to 
define and improve the brook in the west part of Town that 
drains the areas between Massachusetts Avenue on the north. 
Homestead Street on the south, Arlington Street on the west 
and Central Street on the east, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Voted: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of $5,000.00 and raise and appropriate the sum of 
$9,500.00 to define and improve the brook in the west part 
of Town that drains the areas between Massachusetts Avenue 
on the north, Homestead Street on the south, Arlington 
Street on the west and Central Street on the east. 

Article 17. (Building By-Law) To see if the Town will 
vote to adopt, amend and adopt, or reject the Proposed Build- 

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ing By-Law of the Town of Acton as printed in the 1955 
Town Report, under authority of Chapter 40, Section 25 of 
the General Laws, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To adopt the Proposed Building By-Law of the 
Town of Acton as printed in the 1955 Town Report, under 
authority of Chapter 40, Section 25 of the General Laws. 

Moderator called for a hand vote and appointed the follow- 
ing tellers: 

Raymond Gallant Robert Stow 

Malcohn Fullonton Frederick Harris 

David Tinker Hayward Houghton 

Vote 

Yes 144 

No 46 



Article 18. (Unused Public Ways) To see if the Town 
will vote to discontinue as public ways fourteen currently 
unused and unsafe public ways of record, as shown on a Plan 
filed with the Town Clerk, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted: To change twelve (12) currently unused and un- 
safe public ways of record to private ways, as shown on a 
Plan filed with the Town Clerk. 



Article 19. (Blanchard Auditorium) To see if the Town 
will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of money to complete 
the grading and seeding on the front and west end of the 
Blanchard Auditorium, to install additional ventilation in 
the gymnasium, and to pay expenses incidental to the over- 
hauling and relaying of the gymnasium floor; said money to 
be spent by the Auditorium-Gymnasium Committee, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of $3,000.00 to complete the grading and seeding 
on the front and west end of the Blanchard Auditorium ; to 
transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of 
$1,000.00 to install additional ventilation in the gymnasium and 
also transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of 
$400.00 to pay expenses incidental to the overhauling and 
relaying of the gymnasium floor; said sums of money to be 
spent by the Auditorium Gymnasium Building Committee. 

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Article 20. (Town Dump) To see if the Town will vote 
to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,500.00, or any other 
sum, for the extension of water to a place conveniently lo- 
cated in the center of the town dump and in conjunction 
therewith to erect a structure which will be used to store and 
protect equipment used on combustible material brought to 
the town dump, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Motion made on this article failed to pass. 

Article 21. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $4,500.00, or any other sum, to pay 
the cost of insurance against the various hazards described 
in an insurance report submitted to the Selectmen dated 
January 27, 1956. This sum, or any part thereof, to be ex- 
pended at the discretion of the Selectmen after consultation 
with the Finance Committee and the remainder, if any, to 
revert to the Surplus Revenue Account, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Motion made on this article failed to pass. 

Article 22. (Poison Ivy) To see if the Town will vote 
to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,000.00, or any other 
sum, for the Tree Department for the eradication of poison 
ivy on the highways, streets and school grounds, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,000.00 for 
the Tree Department for the eradication of poison ivy on 
the highways, streets and school grounds. 

Article 23. (Stabilization Fund) To see if the Town will 
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $7,000.00, or any 
other sum, to be set aside as a Stabilization Fund, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $5,000.00 to 
be set aside as a Stabilization Fund. 

Article 24. (Highways — Mass. Ave.) To see if the 
Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $7,500.00 
for new construction of Massachusetts Avenue, West Acton 
from Central Street easterly to the State Highway Bound, 
a distance of approximately 1,000 feet ; said money to be used 
in conjunction with $7,500.00 to be allotted by the County, 
and $15,000.00 to be allotted by the State, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

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Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $7,000 for 
new construction of Massachusetts Avenue, West Acton from 
Central Street easterly to the State Highway Bound, a dis- 
tance of approximately 1,000 feet; said money to be used 
in conjunction with $7,000 to be allotted by the County, and 
$21,000.00 to be allotted by the State. 

Article 25. (Sidewalks — West Acton) To see if the 
Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $5,000.00, 
or any other sum, for the replacement and construction of 
sidewalks on Massachusetts Avenue in West Acton, in con- 
junction with the new construction on Massachusetts Avenue 
in West Acton, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: That the sum of $4,500.00 be transferred from the 
Surplus Revenue Account for the replacement and construc- 
tion of sidewalks on Massachusetts Avenue in West Acton, 
in conjunction with the new construction on Massachusetts 
Avenue in West Acton. 

The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 P.M. to be resumed 
Monday, March 26, 1956 at 7:30 P.M. at the Blanchard 
Auditorium. 



The adjourned meeting was called to order by the Moder- 
ator, Monday, March 26, 1956 at 7:30 P.M. 

Article 4. (Snow Removal) Motion was made to recon- 
sider Item 63 of Article, Snow Removal. 

Voted unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum 
of $15,000.00 and to transfer the sum of $5,000.00 from the 
Surplus Revenue Account to defray expenses of snow removal 
caused by recent heavy snow storms. 

Article 26. (Sidewalks — South Acton) To see if the 
Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,000.00, 
or any other sum, for the installation of bituminous side- 
walks on Main Street from the Railroad Bridge to Flints 
Pharmacy and on School Street from the Railroad Bridge to 
the southeasterly entrance to the Railroad Station, and on 
School Street from Main Street at the Exchange Hall to the 
Elementary School in South Acton, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

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Voted : To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account the 
sum of $1,000.00 for the installation of bituminous sidewalks 
on Main Street from the Railroad Bridge to Flints Pharmacy 
and on School Street from the Railroad Bridge to the south- 
easterly entrance to the Railroad Station, and on School 
Street from Main Street at the Exchange Hall to the Ele- 
mentary School in South Acton. 

Article 27. (Highways) To see if the Town will vote 
to appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account the amount 
of the State's and County's allotments for highways under 
Chapters 81 and 90; provided that the reimbursement be 
credited back to the Surplus Revenue Account, or take any 
other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of $46,675.00 provided that the reimbursement be 
credited back to the Surplus Revenue Account. This sum to 
be made up as follows : 

Chapter 81 Maintenance State $15,675.00 

Chapter 9,0 Maintenance State 1,500.00 

Chapter 90 Maintenance County 1,500.00 

New Construction State 21,000.00 

New Construction County 7,000.00 



$46,675.00 



Article 28. (Machinery Fund) To see if the Town will 
vote to transfer the sum of $3,000.00 from the Machinery 
Fund to the Machinery Account, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Voted: To transfer the sum of $3,000.00 from the Machin- 
ery Fund to the Machinery Account. 

Article 29. (Tractor-loader) To see if the Town will vote 
to raise and appropriate the sum of $9,500.00, or any other 
sum, for the purchase of a tractor-loader for the use of 
the Highway Department, and to authorize the Board of 
Selectmen to trade-in or sell the currently owned tractor- 
loader, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted : That the Town transfer from the Surplus Revenue 
Account the sum of $9,500.00 for the purchase of a tractor- 
loader for the use of the Highway Department, and authorize 
the Board of Selectmen to trade-in or sell the currently 
owned tractor-loader. 

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Article 30. (Insurance) To see if the Town will vote 
to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,200.00, or any other 
sum, to pay the cost of effecting insurance providing in- 
demnity for or protection to any officer or employee of the 
Town against loss by reason of his liability to pay damages 
to others for bodily injuries, including death at any time re- 
sulting therefrom, or for damage to property caused by opera- 
tion, within the scope of his official duties or employment, of 
motor or other vehicles owned by the Town as provided by 
the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5, Sub- 
section 1, as amended, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of 
$1,200.00 to pay the cost of effecting insurance providing in- 
demnity for or protection to any officer or employee of the 
Town against loss by reason of his liability to pay damages 
to others for bodily injuries, including death at any time 
resulting therefrom, or for damages to property caused by 
operation, within the scope of his official duties or employ- 
ment, of motor or other vehicles owned by the Town as pro- 
vided by the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 
5, Sub-section 1, as amended. 

Article 31. (Boiler Insurance) To see if the Town will 
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $778.24, or any 
other sum, to pay the cost of obtaining coverage of various 
objects suitable for insurance under a boiler and machinery 
policy, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of 
$778.24 to pay the cost of obtaining coverage of various 
objects suitable for insurance under a boiler and machinery 
policy. 

Article 32. (Water District) To see if the Town will 
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $200.00 as its con- 
tribution to the West and South Water Supply District of 
Acton toward the cost of extending a six inch water main 
from Hosmer Street to the Acton town dump on Massachu- 
setts Avenue, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $123.50 as 
the Town's contribution to the West and South Water Supply 
District of Acton toward the cost of extending a six inch 
water main from Hosmer Street to the Acton town dump on 
Massachusetts Avenue. 

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Article 33. (Traffic Timer) To see if the Town will 
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $450.00, or any 
other sum, for the purchase of a Traffic Timer for the Police 
Department, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of $450.00 for the purchase of a Traffic Timer for 
the Police Department. 

Article 34. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the 
Board of Selectmen to appoint a committee of five members 
to study the fire house situation and bring in recommenda- 
tions as requested by the New England Fire Insurance Rating 
Association, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted to pass over this article. 

Article 35. (Fire Alarm System) To see if the Town will 
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,500.00, or any 
other sum, for the extension of the Fire Alarm System; 
said sum to be used for an extension of the fire alarm cir- 
cuit from Main Street along Newtown Road to Maple Avenue, 
southerly along Maple Avenue to end, thence westerly on 
Newtown Road approximately 500 feet, thence northerly to 
Woodbury Lane and easterly on Woodbury Lane to Main 
Street, and to install one box, or take any other action rela- 
tive thereto. 

Voted unanimously to raise and appropriate the sum of 
$1,500.00 for the extension of the Fire Alarm System; from 
Main Street along Newtown Road to Maple Avenue, southerly 
along Maple Avenue to end, thence westerly on Newtown 
Road approximately 500 feet, thence northerly to Woodbury 
Lane and easterly on Woodbury Lane to Main Street, and to 
install one box. 

Article 36. (Hose reel) To see if the Town will vote 
to raise and appropriate the sum of $500.00, or any other 
sum, for the purchase and installation of an automatic hose 
reel for the forest fire truck, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted unanimously to transfer from the Surplus Revenue 
Account the sum of $500.00 for the purchase and installation 
of an automatic hose reel for the forest fire truck. 

Article 37. (Base radio station) To see if the Town will 
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,000.00, or any 

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other sum, for the purchase and installation of a base radio 
station, to replace the mobile unit now in use as a fire alarm 
transmitting station, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account the 
sum of $600.00 for the purchase and installation of a base 
radio station to replace the mobile unit now in use as a fire 
alarm transmitting station. 

Article 38. To see if the Town will vote to amend Sec- 
tion 5, Article 1 of the Town By-Laws having to do with 
the Fire Department by striking out said Section 5, Article 1 
and submitting therefor the amendment as printed in the 
Annual Town Report for the year 1955, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Voted: To amend Section 5, Article 1 of the Town By- 
Laws having to do with the Fire Department by striking out 
said Section 5, Article 1 and submitting therefor the amend- 
ment as printed in the Annual Town Report for the year 1955. 

Article 39. (Life Tenure) To see if the Town will vote 
to accept an Act providing for life tenure for H. Stuart 
MacGregor, incumbent of the of!ice of Chief of the Fire De- 
partment of the Town of Acton, as provided in the Acts 
and Resolves of 1956, viz: An Act providing for Life Tenure 
for H. Stuart MacGregor, Incumbent of the Office of Chief 
of the Fire Department of the Town of Acton. 

Be it enacted as follows: 

Section 1. The tenure of office of H. Stuart MacGregor, 
incumbent in the office of Chief of the Fire Department of the 
Town of Acton, shall upon the effective date of this act be 
unlimited but he may be removed therefrom for cause after 
hearing in the manner provided by Section 43 of Chapter 31 
of General Laws. 

Section 2. This act shall take full effect upon its accept- 
ance by a majority of the voters of said To\\ti present and 
voting thereon at a special or annual town meeting, but not 
otherwise. 

Voted: That the Town accept an Act providing for life 
tenure for H. Stuart MacGregor, incumbent of the office of 
Chief of the Fire Department of the Town of Acton, as pro- 
vided in the Acts and Resolves of 1956, viz: An Act pro- 
viding for Life Tenure for H. Stuart MacGregor, Incumbent 

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of the Office of Chief of the Fire Department of the Town 
of Acton. 

Be it enacted as follows: 

Section 1. The tenure of office of H. Stuart MacGregor, 
incumbent in the office of Chief of the Fire Department of 
the Town of Acton, shall upon the effective date of this act 
be unlimited but he may be removed therefrom for cause 
after hearing in the manner provided by Section 43 of Chap- 
ter 31 of General Laws. 

Section 2. This act shall take full effect upon its accept- 
ance by a majority of the voters of said Town present and 
voting thereon at a special or annual town meeting, but not 
otherwise. 

Article 40. (Power Mower) To see if the Tovm will vote 
to raise and appropriate the sum of $200.00, or any other 
sum, for the purchase of a power mower for the playgrounds, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted to pass over this article. 

Article 41. (Reserve Fund) To see if the Town will 
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $6,000.00 as a 
Reserve Fund, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: That the sum of $6,000.00 be transferred from 
the overlay Surplus to be used as a Reserve Fund. 

The following resolution was voted. 

In view of an estimated increase in the tax rate of the 
Town of Acton, as a result of action taken at the annual 
meeting of 1956, of nearly $20, much of which is due to the 
costs of establishing a regional high school, I move, Mr. 
Moderator, the adoption of the following resolution. 

That it is the sense of this meeting that all officers of the 
Town should immediately take every possible step to achieve 
savings in the administration during the current year of 
every department or board, scrutinizing once more every 
item in the budget and seeking to reduce costs of operation to 
the absolute minimum required for the health and safety of 
the Town and the proper education of its children; further- 
more that such saving as can be determined now or in the 
near future be applied to reducing the 1956 tax rate and 
that all other savings be credited to Surplus Revenue to be 

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applied to the 1957 tax rate; and finally that the Selectmen be 
specifically charged with the carrying out of this resolution 
by the boards under their jurisdiction as well as in the 
administration of their own office. 

(Signed) John W. Putnam 
Voted to adjourn at 9 o'clock P. M. 

HARLAN E. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk. 

Amendments to the By-Laws voted in the affirmative at 
the Annual Town Meeting, March 12, 1956, were approved 
by Attorney-General George Fingold on June 22, 1956. 



ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OP 

THE SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 

OCTOBER 1, 1956 

Article 1. (School Building Report) To see if the Town 
will accept the report of the Special School Building Com- 
mittee and authorize the Committee to draw plans, make 
test borings and hire necessary technical personnel to carry 
out the recommendations of the report, and that the sum of 
$10,000.00 be raised and appropriated for this purpose, or 
take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To accept the report of the Special School Build- 
ing Committee and authorize the committee to draw plans, 
make test borings and hire necessary technical personnel to 
carry out the recommendations of the report, and that the 
sum of $7,500.00 be raised and appropriated and that the 
sum of $2,500.00 be transferred from the Surplus Revenue 
Account. 

Article 2. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the 
Town Treasurer with the approval of the Board of Select- 
men to borrow money from time to time in anticipation of tlic 
revenue of the financial year beginning January 1, 1956 and 
to issue a note or notes therefor, payable within one year, 
and to renew any note or notes as may be given for a period 
of less than one year in accordance with Section 17, Chapter 

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44, General Laws, or take any other action relative hereto. 

Voted unanimously: To authorize the Town Treasurer 
with the approval of the Board of Selectmen to borrow money 
from time to time in anticipation of the revenue of the finan- 
cial year beginning January 1, 1956 and to issue a note of 
notes therefor, payable within one year, and to renew any 
note or notes as may be given for a period of less than one 
year in accordance with Section 17, Chapter 44, General Laws. 

Article 3. To see if the Town will vote to approve the 
following amendment proposed as and for a further amend- 
ment to the Agreement for a Regional School District for the 
Towns of Acton and Boxborough dated March 10, 1955, 
namely, 

Amend Section 6 of said Agreement by striking out said 
Section 6 and substituting therefore the following new 
section : 

SECTION 6. TRANSPORTATION 

School transportation shall be provided by the re- 
gional school district. Notwithstanding any other pro- 
visions of this agreement, the net cost of school trans- 
portation for each member town shall be separately 
determined each year and added to the other expenses 
and costs apportioned to and paid by the respective 
member towns under this agreement. 

As used in this Section 6, the words "net cost of school 
transportation" shall be deemed to mean the total cost 
to the district of transporting pupils from a member 
town to the district school for a calendar year (1) less 
any moneys or other credits received or to be received 
by the district in the preceding calendar year for trans- 
porting pupils from such member town and whether re- 
ceived or to be received from the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts by way of reimbursement or otherwise or 
from any other source; and (2) adjusted to reflect any 
overpayment or underpayment by such member town 
for any preceding calendar year. 

Voted: The following amendment proposed as and for 
a further amendment to the Agreement for a Regional School 
District for the Towns of Acton and Boxborough dated March 
10, 1955, namely: 

Amend Section 6 of said Agreement by striking out Section 
6 and substituting therefore the following new section: 

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SECTION 6. TRANSPORTATION 

School transportation shall be provided by the regional 
school district. Notvtithstanding any other provisions 
of this agreement, the net cost of school transportation 
for each member town shall be separately determined 
each year and added to the other expenses and costs 
apportioned to and paid by the respective member towns 
under this agreement. 

As used in this Section 6, the words ''net cost of 
school transportation" shall be deemed to mean the total 
cost to the district of transporting pupils from a member 
town to the district school for a calendar year (1) less 
any moneys or other credits received or to be received 
by the district in the preceding calendar year for trans- 
porting pupils from such member town and whether re- 
ceived or to be received from the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts by way of reimbursement or otherwise or 
from any other source; and (2) adjusted to reflect any 
overpayment or underpayment by such member town for 
any such preceding calendar year. 

The moderator appointed the following tellers who were 
promptly sworn in: 

Lucius Tolman Donald L. Loring 

Ormal S. Laffin Allan R. Murray 

Clarence A. Frost Harrison D. Foote 

Ballot Vote 

Yes 186 

No 4 



Article 4. (Building Inspector) To see if the Town will 
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,000.00, or any 
other sum, for the Building Inspector's Compensation and 
office supplies, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: That the sum of $1,000.00 for the Building Inspec- 
tor's compensation and office supplies be transferred from 
the Surplus Revenue Account. 

Article 5. (Edison and Telephone Companies) To see if 
the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to 
sell Boston Edison Company and New England Telephone 
and Telegraph Company, for one dollar, one (1) pole with 
the cross arms, wires and fixtures attached thereto consti- 

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tuting a line of transmission of electricity and transmission 
of intelligence by electricity upon, over and across the pro- 
perty of the Town located on the northerly side of Main 
Street, and to execute in the name and behalf of the Town 
an appropriate bill of sale conveying said property to said 
companies and such instruments as they may deem proper 
granting the Companies authority to maintain and use said 
lines, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: That the Board of Selectmen be authorized to sell 
Boston Edison and New England Telephone and Telegraph 
Companies for one dollar, one (1) pole with the cross arms, 
wires and fixtures attached thereto constituting a line for 
transmission of electricity and transmission of intelligence 
by electricity upon, over and across the property of the Town 
located on the northerly side of Main Street, and to execute 
in the name and behalf of the Town an appropriate bill of 
sale conveying said property to said companies and such 
instruments as they may deem proper granting the Com- 
panies authority to maintain and use said lines. 

Article 6. (Dutch Elm Disease) To see if the Town will 
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $300.00, or any other 
sum, for the removal of trees infected by Dutch Elm Disease, 
in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 761 of the Acts 
of 1949, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $300.00 for 
the removal of trees infected by Dutch Elm Disease, in 
accordance with the provisions of Chapter 761 of the Acts 
of 1949. 

Article 7. (Fire Dept. Salaries) To see if the Town will 
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $2,100.00, or any 
other sum, for the Fire Department, Salaries and Wages 
Account, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum 
of $2,100.00 for the Fire Department, Salaries and Wages 
Account. 

Article 8. (Police Dept. Salaries) To see if the Town 
will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $2,600.00, or 
any other sum, for the Police Department, Salaries and 
Wages Account, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $2,300.00 for 
the Police Department, Salaries and Wages Account. 

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Article 9. (Police Cruiser) To see if the Town will vote 
to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,350.00, or any other 
sum, for the purchase of a new cruiser for the Police De- 
partment and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to trade-in 
or sell the old cruiser, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted unanimously: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue 
Account the sum of $1,350.00 for the purchase of a new 
cruiser for the Police Department and authorize the Board 
of Selectmen to trade-in or sell the old cruiser. 



Article 10. (Police Expense Account) To see if the Town 
vdll vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $900.00, or 
any other sum, for the Police Department, Expense Account, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $700.00 for 
the Police Department, Expense Account. 

Article 11. (Snow Removal) To see if the Town will 
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $2,500.00, or any 
other sum, for the Snow Removal Account, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $2,500.00 for 
the Snow Removal Account. 



Article 12. (Machinery Fund) To see if the Town will 
vote to transfer $2,000.00 from the Machinery Fund to the 
Machinery Account, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted unanimously: That the sum of $2,000.00 be trans- 
ferred from the Machinei'y Fund to the Machinery Account. 

Article 13. (Drainage Account) To see if the Town 
will vote to establish a Drainage Account and to raise and 
appropriate $3,300.00, or any other sum, therefor, and to trans- 
fer $2,000.00 from Highway Culverts, as voted under Article 
11 of the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting held on 
March 12, 1951, to said Drainage Account, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Voted: That a Drainage account be established and 
$3,300.00 be raised and appropriated for same; also 
$2,000.00 be transferred from Highway Culverts as voted 

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under Article 11 of the Warrant for the Annual Town Meet- 
ing held on March 12, 1951, to said Drainage Account. 

Article 14. (Village Highways) To see if the Town will 
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $5,000.00, or any 
other sum, for the Village Highways Account, or take any 
other action relative thereto. 

Motion: Move that we raise and appropriate the sum of 
$5,000.00 for the Village Highways Account. 

Moderator called for a hand vote and appointed the follow- 
ing tellers. 

Ormal S. Laffin Allan R. Murray 

Clarence A. Frost Harrison D. Foote 

Motion did not carry. 

VOTE 

Yes 68 

No 77 

Article 15. (Chapter 81 Highways) To see if the Town 
will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $6,800.00, or 
any other sum, for the Chapter 81 Highways Account, or 
take any other action relative thereto. 

Motion: Move that we raise and appropriate the sum of 
$6,800.00 for the Chapter 81 Highway Account. 

Moderator called for a hand vote and appointed tellers 
same as previous article. 

Vote 

Yes 45 

No 94 

Motion lost. 

Article 16. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $600.00, or any other sum, for the 
Buildings and Grounds Expense Account, for the raising of 
the garage roof and for the installation of an overhead door 
on the equipment storage building at the Highway Depart- 
ment, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

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Article 17. (Chapters 81 and 90 Highways) To see if 
the Town will vote to appropriate from the Surplus Revenue 
Account the sum of $275.00, a portion of the State's and 
County's allotments for highways under Chapters 81 and 90, 
to be used in conjunction with $46,675.00 as voted under 
Article 27 of the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting 
held on March 12, 1956, provided that the reimbursement be 
credited back to the Surplus Revenue Account, or take any 
other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Sui^dIus Revenue Account 
the sum of $275.00, a portion of the State's and County's 
allotments for highways under Chapters 81 and 90, to be 
used in conjunction with $46,675.00 as voted under Article 
27 of the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting held on 
March 12, 1956, provided that the reimbursement be credited 
back to the Surplus Revenue Account. 

Article 18. (Dump Water Extension) To see if the Town 
will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,500.00, or 
any other sum, for the extension of water to a place con- 
veniently located in the center of the town dump and in 
conjunction therewith to erect a structure which will be used 
to store and protect equipment used on combustible material 
brought to the town dump, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,500.00 for 
the extension of water to a place conveniently located in 
the center of the town dump and in conjunction therewith 
to erect a structure which will be used to store and protect 
equipment used on combustible material brought to the 
town dump. 

Article 19. (Town Clerk) To see if the Town will vote 
to raise and appropriate the sum of $300.00, or any other 
sum, for the Town Clerk, Salaries and Wages Account, or 
take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted unanimously: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue 
Account the sum of $300.00 for the Town Clerk, Salaries and 
Wages Account. 

Article 20. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the 
Board of Selectmen to appoint a committee of three to be 
designated as an Archives Committee, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

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Voted : That the Board of Selectmen be authorized to 
appoint a committee of three to be designated as an Archives 
Committee. 

Article 21. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the 
Board of Selectmen to appoint a committee of three to be 
designated as a Town Report Committee, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Voted: That the Board of Selectmen be authorized to 
appoint a committee of three to be designated as a Town 
Report Committee. 

Article 22. To see if the Town, in compliance with Gen- 
eral Laws, Chapter 114, Section 34, will vote to authorize 
the Cemetery Commissioners to use for burial purposes a 
parcel of land adjoining and near Woodlawn Cemetery in the 
easterly part of Acton, Massachusetts, and which parcel of 
land is bounded and described as follows: 

PARCEL 1 : A certain parcel of land in said Acton shown 
as Lot A on a Plan entitled ''Land in Acton to be conveyed 
to the Town of Acton by Chester B. Robbins and Fred L. 
Robbins, Horace F. Tuttle C. E., dated June 13, 1951" and 
which plan is recorded in the Middlesex South District 
Registry of Deeds Book 7983, Page 221. Likewise being the 
same premises shown on a Deed from Fred L. Robbins and 
Chester B. Robbins to the Town of Acton which Deed is 
dated September 29, 1952 and duly recorded in the Middlesex 
South Registry of Deeds in Book 7983, Page 222. This parcel 
contains thirty-eight and seven hundredths (38.07) acres of 
land more or less as shown on said plan. 

Voted: That the Cemetery Commissioners, in compliance 
with General Laws, Chapter 114, Section 34, be authorized 
to use for burial purposes a parcel of land adjoining and near 
Woodlawn Cemetery in the easterly part of Acton, Massa- 
chusetts, and which parcel of land is bounded and described 
as follows: 

PARCEL 1 : A certain parcel of land in said Acton shown 
as Lot A on a Plan entitled ''Land in Acton to be conveyed 
to the Town of Acton by Chester B. Robbins and Fred L. 
Robbins, Horace F. Tuttle, C. E., dated June 13, 1951" and 
which plan is recorded in the Middlesex South District Reg- 
istry of Deeds Book 7983, Page 221. Likewise being the same 
premises shown on a deed from Fred L. Robbins and Chester 

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B. Robbins to the Town of Acton, which deed is dated 
September 29, 1952 and duly recorded in the Middlesex South 
Registry of Deeds in "Book 7983, Page 222. This parcel con- 
tains thirty-eight and seven hundredths (38.07) acres of land 
more or less as shown on said Plan. 



Voted to adjourn at 11 :05 P. M. 



HARLAN E. TUTTLE, 
Town Clerk. 



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DEATHS REGISTERED IN 1956 



Date 


Name 


Yrs. 


Mos. 


Days 


Jan. 


9 


Laffin, Sidney 0. 


78 


5 


23 


Jan. 


18 


Campbell, John M. 


62 


2 


9 


Jan. 


21 


Lord, Guy Maitland 


79 


6 


6 


Jan. 


25 


Fisk, Clifford A. 


63 


5 





Jan. 


31 


Clapp, George E. 


79 


10 


3 


Feb. 


13 


Bancroft, Mary B. Leach 


72 


2 


1 


Feb. 


17 


Pasanen, Melva Christine (Wilson) 


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3 


22 


Feb. 


23 


Kazan-Komarek, Eleanor D. (Hall) 


) 30 





24 


Mar. 


5 


Stoney, Mary E. 


71 


10 


26 


Mar. 


14 


Gilbert, Mary Josephine (Girroir) 


63 





14 


Mar. 


20 


Drummond, Millie (Beunke) 


76 


8 





Mar. 


30 


Sweet, Charles C. 


69 


2 


13 


Apr. 


8 


Edney, Charles F. 


82 








Apr. 


11 


Fletcher, Genie 


74 





19 


Apr. 


14 


O'Connell, Lena J. 


65 


2 


25 


Apr. 


15 


Olson, Emma 


87 


1 


8 


May 


8 


Granberg, Matilda 


68 


1 


30 


May 


16 


Jenkins, Josephine 


75 


5 


17 


May 


25 


Taylor, Edwin Butler 


79 


3 


13 


May 


30 


Edwards, William F. 


59 


8 


11 


June 


16 


Ashley, Elizabeth K. 


89 


6 


5 


June 


16 


Roche, Hazel McGowan 


55 


6 





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17 


Fitzgerald, Alma M. (Daury) 


71 


3 


16 


June 


19 


Knowlton, Helen A. 


69 


7 


23 


June 


24 


Berringer, LeRoy S. 


62 





12 


July 


7 


Lemoine, Joseph 


64 


8 


19 


July 


9 


Cullinane, Daniel William 


73 


11 


13 


July 


12 


White, Stella M. (Dyson) 


77 


6 


16 


July 


15 


Mullen, Florence (Abercrombie) 


65 





22 


July 


16 


Taylor, Eula S. 


73 


8 





July 


20 


Sheehan, William 


50 


9 


28 


July 


26 


Allen, Willard Stuart 


77 


1 


5 


Aug. 


2 


Jones, Fred G. 


89 


6 


16 


Aug. 


15 


Hoar, Minnie Rachel Hart 


91 


5 


14 


Aug. 


17 


Benere, Flora Ann (Currie) 


93 


2 


22 


Sept. 


4 


Johnson, Hilda Linnea Amanda 


85 


10 


20 


Sept. 


29 


Andersen, Thora (Jorgensen) 


77 


6 


21 



Oct. 



8 Roche, Francis B. 70 



11 



22 



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Oct. 19 Sawyer, Clara L. 

Oct. 20 Hobson, Walter E. 

Oct. 23 Quin, Michael 

Oct. 26 McCarthy, Mary 

Nov. 2 Davis, John W. 

Nov. 18 Boissoneau, Dora (St. Laurent) 

Nov. 21 Wells, Carrie E. (Fletcher) 

Nov. 30 Robbins, Amelia Harriet (Nichols) 91 

Nov. 30 Reardon, Edward F. 

Thompson, Corrine Ann 
Greenough, George Edward 
Harrington, Herbert Russell 
Gay, Richard Spencer 
Rankin, Margaret (Ridgeway) 
Jensen, William A. 



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4 


Dec. 


15 


Dec. 


23 


Dec. 


26 


Dec. 


26 


Dec. 


28 



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1 


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43 


4 


27 


7 





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55 


2 


2 


83 


6 


4 


62 


2 


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69 


7 


21 


91 


2 


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71 


5 


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66 


2 


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85 


8 


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63 


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REPORT OF DOG LICENSES ISSUED 1956 

460 Licenses @ $ 2.00 ?920.00 

68 Licenses @ $ 5.00 340.00 

17 Licenses @ $10.00 170.00 

3 Licenses @ $25.00 75.00 

2 Licenses @ $50.00 100.00 



$1,605.00 
Deduct fees 550 Licenses @ 20(f 110.00 

Paid to Town Treasurer $1,495.00 

REPORT OF THE ARCHIVES COMMITTEE 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

In accordance with the vote at the Special Town Meeting 
in October, 1956, the Archives Committee was appointed by 
the Selectmen. The purpose of the Committee is to arrange 
for the organization and preservation of Town records and 
historical papers and material. 

The Committee has held several meetings, preliminary in 
nature, to review the problem. Many evidences are found 
that steps must be taken toward preservation of the old 
records and documents dating back to the incorporation of 
the Town, many of which are in critical condition. It is be- 
lieved that immediate steps are necessary not only to arrange 
for the preservation of these, but also to prevent the deteri- 
oration of more recent records. Much can be accomplished 
along these Hues through a program of binding, laminating, 
microfilming and/or photostating. 

It is also believed that there is a need for better coordina- 
tion in maintaining the records of the various Town depart- 
ments. To have this done properly more storage and fire- 
proof facilities should be planned for in the near future. For 
instance, it is understood that many records are being kept 
in private homes due to lack of proper town quarters for their 
safe keeping. 

It will be the purpose of the Committee to work with the 
Selectmen and all Town agencies toward the improvement of 
the existing situation. 

FREDERICK S. KENNEDY, Chairman 
DONALD P. FELT 
JOYCE H. WOODHEAD 

77 



ASSESSORS' REPORT — 1956 

Taxes assessed as follows : — 

Buildings, Exclusive of Land .... $5,894,055.00 

Land 915,775.00 

Personal 648,705.00 



$7,458,535.00 
Valuation — January 1, 1955 .... 6,691,595.00 



Increase in Valuation $766,940.00 

Rate of Taxation — $68.00 

Real Estate $463,068.44 

Personal Estate 44,111.94 

Polls 2,916.00 



$510,096.38 



Amount of Money Raised: 

State Parks and Res. Tax $610.08 

State Audit Municipal Accounts 635.49 

County Tax 12,445.87 

Tuberculosis Hospital Assess- 
ment 3,810.34 

Town Grant 474,092.92 

Overlay 18,501.68 



$510,096.38 



Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise : — 

Number of Vehicles Assessed — 2265 
Commissioner's Value of Motor 

Vehicles and Trailers $1,353,220.00 

Rate of Excise — $54.43 

Total Excise 65,035.65 

Added Excise of 1955 4,583.18 

Number of Vehicles Added Excise — 395 
Commissioner's Value $272,970.00 

Respectfully submitted, 



ALBERT P. DURKEE, 
CARL C. FLINT, 
JAMES W. BAKER, 

Board of Assessors. 



78 



TOWN COLLECTOR'S REPORT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen 
Acton, Massachusetts 
Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1956. 

1949 Real Estate Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1955 $2.82 

Tax Title 2.82 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 None 

$2.82 

1950 Real Estate Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1955 $3.24 

Tax Title 3.24 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 None 

$3.24 

1951 Real Estate Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1955 $3.53 

Tax Title 3.53 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 None 

$3.53 

1952 Real Estate Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1955 $3.68 

Tax Title 3.68 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 None 

$3.68 

1953 Real Estate Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1955 $256.97 

Interest 25.42 

$282.39 

Paid Treasurer $278.62 

Tax Title 3.77 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 None 

$282.39 



79 



1954 Real Estate Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1955 $7,562.93 

Interest 488.34 

$8,051.27 

Paid Treasurer $7,911.70 

Tax Title 19.76 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 119.81 



$8,051.27 



1955 Real Estate Tax 



Uncollected December 31, 1955 $26,179.82 

Interest 559.06 

Refunds 43.50 

$26,782.38 

Paid Treasurer $21,242.20 

Abated 124.70 

Tax Title 18.85 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 5,396.63 



$26,782.38 



1956 Real Estate Tax 



Committed $463,095.64 

Interest 62.24 

Refunds 1,859.80 

$465,017.68 

Paid Treasurer $426,338.37 

Abated 10,019.80 

Tax Title 59.50 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 28,600.01 

$465,017.68 

Mohawk & Seneca Betterment Assessment 

Committed $14,379.64 

Interest 40.31 

$14,419.95 

80 



Paid Treasurer $3,539.30 

Abated 292.57 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 10,588.08 

$14,419.95 

1951 Personal Property Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1955 $449.17 

Interest 88.24 

$537.41 

Paid Treasurer $537.41 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 None 

$537.41 

1952 Personal Property Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1955 $433.65 

Interest 64.07 

$497.72 

Paid Treasurer $373.22 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 124.50 

$497.72 

1953 Personal Property Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1955 ..: $422.39 

Interest .90 

$423.29 

Paid Treasurer $10.94 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 412.35 

$423.29 

1954 Personal Property Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1955 $1,929.64 

Interest 80.30 

$2,009.94 

Paid Treasurer $1,362.72 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 647.22 

$2,009.94 

81 



1955 Personal Property Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1955 $2,719.91 

Interest 40.14 

$2,760.05 

Paid Treasurer $1,182.85 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 1,577.20 

$2,760.05 

1956 Personal Property Tax 

Committed $44,111.94 

Interest 1.93 

$44,113.87 

Paid Treasurer $40,954.25 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 3,159.62 

$44,113.87 

1955 Poll Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1955 $44.00 

Interest .50 

Abatement Rescinded 2.00 

$46.50 

Paid Treasurer $36.50 

Abated 10.00 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 None 

$46.50 

1956 Poll Tax 

Committed $2,922.00 

Interest 4.79 

Refunds 4.00 

$2,930.79 

Paid Treasurer $2,486.79 

Abated 392.00 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 52.00 

$2,930.79 
82 



1954 Excise 

Uncollected December 31, 1955 $424.48 

Interest 50.70 

Abatement rescinded 42.79 

$517.97 

Paid Treasurer $443.81 

Abated 74.16 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 None 

$517.97 

1955 Excise 

Uncollected December 31, 1955 $8,531.92 

Additional Commitments 4,583.18 

Interest 108.60 

Refunds 404.49 

$13,628.19 

Paid Treasurer $9,618.26 

Abated 3,434.88 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 575.05 

$13,628.19 

1956 Excise 

Committed $65,035.65 

Interest 72.67 

Refunds 1,327.92 

$66,436.24 

Paid Treasurer $47,562.37 

Abated 3,710.84 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 15,163.03 

$66,436.24 

Cemetery Department 

Uncollected December 31, 1955 $219.00 

Committed 604.50 

$823.50 

83 



Paid Treasurer ?537.50 

Outstanding December 31, 1956 286.00 

$823.50 

Charges and Fees — Paid Treasurer $266.00 

Tax Title Advertising Repaid — Paid Treasurer .. 6.00 

Highway Department — Paid Treasurer 206.00 

Old Age Assistance — Paid Treasurer 111.02 

Respectfully submitted, 

CHARLES M. MacRAE, 

Town Collector. 



84 



TREASURER'S REPORT 
For the Year Ending December 31, 1956 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen 
Acton, Massachusetts. 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1956 : 
Cash Balance January 1, 1956 $216,564.38 

Received from State Treasurer 

Disability Assistance $1,814.26 

Old Age Assistance 23,845.71 

Disability Assistance, Federal 1,628.46 

Aid Dependent Children, Federal 5,107.84 

Old Age Assistance, Federal 22,397.55 

Highways 22,866.30 

Veteran's Services 2,672.58 

Highways, Chapter 90 30,382.24 

Hurricane Damage 3,220.35 

Income Tax 4,253.92 

Flood Relief 42,282.26 

Civil Defense 1,540.57 

Corporation Tax 25,545.62 

School Aid, Chapter 70 74,772.67 

Aid Dependent Children 3,175.06 

Board of Health 104.29 

Tuition 2,289.82 

Meal Tax 711.40 

Blanchard Auditorium 24,276.56 

Loss on Taxes 1,834.29 

Vocational Education 689.11 

Transportation 3,656.10 



$299,066.96 
Received from County Treasurer 

Dog Licenses, Refund $1,087.08 

Highways 9,586.42 

Highways, Mass 1,582.11 

Dog Officer 195.00 

County Aid 10.00 



$12,460.61 



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Received from Collector of Taxes 

Excise, 1951 $4.69 

Personal, 1951 449.17 

Personal, 1952 309.15 

Personal, 1953 10.04 

Real Estate, 1953 253.20 

Excise, 1954 393.11 

Personal, 1954 1,282.42 

Real Estate, 1954 7,423.36 

Poll, 1955 10.00 

Personal, 1955 1,142.71 

Excise, 1955 8,646.79 

Real Estate, 1955 20,683.14 

Poll, 1956 2,482.00 

Excise, 1956 47,489.70 

Personal, 1956 40,952.32 

Real Estate, 1956 426,276.13 

Tax Title Payment 6.00 

Highway Department 206.00 

Street Assessment 3,498.99 

Reginald Roberts Delinquency a/c 959.52 

Care of Lots Cemetery 537.50 

Liens 266.00 

Interest 1,684.27 



Miscellaneous Receipts 

Dewey's Market, License $400.00 

Village Package Store, License .... 400.00 

Board of Selectmen, Licenses 425.50 

Board of Selectmen, Wire Inspector 637.75 
Board of Selectmen, Bldg. Permits 1,752.00 
Board of Selectmen, Miscellaneous 33.00 
Town of Acton, County Retirement 5,219.87 
Town of Acton, Withholding Taxes 38,073.00 
Town of Acton, Teacher's Retire- 
ment 7,906.36 

Town of Acton, Machinery Account 6,909.27 

Town of Acton, Blue Cross 3,382.60 

Town of Acton, Teacher's Insurance 39.30 
Chief of Police, Revolver Permits 30.00 
Chief of Police, Bicycle Registra- 
tion 60.75 



86 



$564,966.21 



Town of Harvard, Old Age Assist- 
ance 346.27 

Town of Westford, Tuition 939,.60 

Town of Weston, Old Age Assist- 
ance 407.20 

Board of Health, Nurse Services 637.00 

Board of Health, License-Pemiits 26.00 

Board of Health, Plumbing Permits 928.00 

Board of Health, Septic Tanks .... 1,065.00 

Board of Health, Milk Licenses .. 52.00 

Board of Health, Clinic 15.20 

Acton High School Fund, Cafe- 
teria 16,399.49 

Acton High School Fund, Athletic 788.99 
Acton High School Fund, Tele- 
phone 77.10 

Acton High School Fund, Break- 
age 26.16 

Acton High School Fund, Blue 

Cross 4.20 

South Acton Fire Co., Blue Cross 693.00 
Town of Maynard, Old Age Assist- 
ance 172.10 

Treasurer United States, Flood 

Relief 847.52 

Roland Livermore, Hall Rent 320.00 

City of Waltham, Old Age Assist- 
ance 69.06 

Director of Standards, Licenses .. 30.00 

Middlesex 4-H Alumni, Auditorium 6.00 

Acton Comm. Center, Auditorium 24.75 

Acton Women's Club, School Audit. 40.00 

Fred Kennedy, Burials 1,278.00 

Fred Kennedy, Low'g Device 117.00 

Fred Kennedy, Sale Lots 740.00 

Fred Kennedy, Liners 45.00 

Fred Kennedy, Foundations 356.26 

Fred Kennedy, Chapel Fee 30.00 

Fred Kennedy, Miscellaneous 82.00 

Concord District Court, Fines .... 188.26 

H. Stuart MacGregor, Permits .... 181.50 

H. Stuart MacGregor, Fires 144.25 

H. Stuart MacGregor, Miscellan- 
eous 44.20 

Acton Mercuries, Auditorium 72.00 

Planning Board, Miscellaneous .... 60.00 



87 



Town of Belmont, Old Age Assist- 
ance 140.58 

Marian L. Piper, Library Fines .. 352.49 

Marian L. Piper, Miscellaneous .... 8.07 

Belle Hinckly, Firemen's Relief 

Fund 10.00 

Harlan E. Tuttle, Dog Licenses .... 1,495.00 

Harlan E. Tuttle, Street Lists 17.00 

Est. Catherine Gray, Old Age As- 
sistance 743.97 

Est. David Morrison, Old Age As- 
sistance 1,136.26 

Robert Treyz, Auditorium 35.00 

Board of Appeals, Miscellaneous 50.00 

John Campbell, Old Age Assistance 375.00 

Town of Arlington, Old Age As- 
sistance 31.60 

City of Cambridge, Old Age As- 
sistance 79.42 

City of Medford, Old Age Assist- 
ance 221.80 

West Acton Women's Club, Audi- 
torium 5.00 

Treasurer United States, Schools 2,805.99 

Helene Harvey, Old Age Assist- 
ance 1,024.71 

South Acton Fire Co., Relief Fund 90.00 

West Fire Co., Relief Fund 95.00 

Center Fire Co., Relief Fund 80.00 

City of Maiden, Old Age Assistance 17.15 

Town of Boxborough, Tuition 5,604.48 

Carl C. Flint, Highways 6.25 

Town of Concord, Old Age Assist- 
ance 125.39 

Acton Girl Scouts, Auditorium .... 5.00 

Katherine Hayes, Old Age Assist- 
ance 3,838.00 

A. Perry Marble, Sealer Weights 148.70 

Frank E. Fiske, Old Age Assist- 
ance 2,909.72 

Hudging Nursing Home, Old Age 

Assistance 33.36 

Town of Concord, Land Tax 29.91 

Concord Order Rainbow, Audi- 
torium 6.00 



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$114,043.36 



Perpetual Care — Woodlawn Cemetery 

Mrs. E. C. Dow $200.00 

Elmer Boynton 125.00 

Elizabeth White 100.00 

Otto Pasanen 200.00 



Perpetual Care — Mt. Hope Cemetery 

Evangeline Hall $150.00 

George Briggs 100.00 

Mrs. Fred Cutter 200.00 

Laura Kimball 150.00 

Mrs. George Clapp 200.00 

Est. Hattie Bradish 300.00 

Carrie Goss 400.00 

Doris Bigelow 50.00 

NelHe Stanga 100.00 

Est. Amy P. Hall 500.00 

Marguerite Hobson 200.00 



Transfers to Town Account 

Memorial Library Fund 1,000.00 

Georgia E. Whitney Fund 730.00 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund 1,500.00 

Luke Blanchard Fund 18.00 

J. Roland Wetherbee Fund 250.00 

Cemetery Fund 500.00 

Henry S. Raymond Fund 50.00 

Elizabeth White Fund 835.00 



Trust Fund Income 

Betsey M. Ball Fund 310.58 

Frank C. Hayward Fund 28.75 

Hoit and Scott Fund 12.50 

Elizabeth White Fund 764.20 

Memorial Library Fund 379.14 

Memorial Library Tainter Fund .. 430.96 

J. Roland Wetherbee Fund 284.38 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund 2,480.90 

Georgia E. Whitney Fund 436.48 



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$625.00 



$2,350.00 



$4,883.00 



Cemetery Fund 1,920.20 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 173.53 

Henry S. Raymond Fund 66.83 

Henry S. Raymond Mon. Fund .... 21.00 

High School Library Fund 37.50 

Robert Davis Cemetery Fund 35.00 

Frank Knowlton Fund 27.50 

Georgia E. Whitney Cem. Fund .. 22.50 



$7,431.95 

Total Receipts for 1956 $1,005,827.09 

Cash Balance January 1, 1956 .... 216,564.38 



$1,222,391.47 
Paid Selectmen's Orders for 1956 932,603.25 



Cash Balance December 31, 1956 $289,788.22 



OUTSTANDING NOTES AND BONDS 

December 31, 1956 

High School Addition Note, 176, 

due 1957 $1,000.00 

Elementary School Bonds, Chapter 
44, General Laws, 21 to 90 
due 1957 to 1970 70,000.00 

Elementary School Bonds, Chap- 
ter 645, Acts 1948 41 to 200 
due 1957 to 1972 160,000.00 

Blanchard Auditorium and Gym- 
nasium Notes, Chapter 645, 
Acts 1948, 244 to 283, due 
1957 CO 1958 40,000.00 

Surface-Drainage, Mohawk and 
Seneca Road Notes, Chapter 
44-645, Acts 1948, 285 to 
286, due 1957 to 1958 10,000.00 

90 



Acton High School Library Fund 

Balance January 1, 1956 

Principal Fund $1,500.00 

Unexpended Balance 125.66 

$1,625.66 
Received Interest for 1956 40.95 

$1,666.61 

Balance December 31, 1956 
Deposits in Savings Banks $1,666.61 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

Balance January 1, 1956 

Principal Fund $5,740.00 

Unexpended Balance 1,218.10 

$6,958.10 
Received to Fund in 1956 

Company Salaries $265.00 

Interest 220.92 

$485.92 

$7,444.02 

Balance December 31, 1956 
Deposits m Savings Banks $7,444.02 

Betsey M. Ball Fund 

Balance January 1, 1956 

Principal Fund $10,095.26 

Unexpended Balance 1,594.51 

$11,689.77 
Received Interest for 1956 356.82 

$12,046.59 

Balance December 31, 1956 
Deposits in Savings Banks $12,046.59 

91 



Cemetery Surplus 

Balance January 1, 1956 

Principal Fund $227.43 

Received Interest for 1956 6.57 

$234.00 

Balance December 31, 1956 
Deposit in Savings Bank $234.00 

Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1956 

Principal Fund $65,997.21 

Unexpended Balance 7,765.53 



Received for Perpetual Care $2,975.00 

Received Interest for 1956 2,114.24 



$73,762.74 



$5,089.24 

$78,851.98 

Balance December 31, 1956 

Deposits in Savings Banks $70,534.48 

U. S. Savings Bonds, Series G 7,600.00 

Cash on Hand 217.50 

Transfers to Town Account 500.00 



$78,851.98 



Dr. Robert I. Davis Fund 

Balance January 1, 1956 

Principal Fund $1,000.00 

Unexpended Balance 5.83 

$1,005.83 
Received Interest for 1956 35.41 



$1,041.24 



Balance December 31, 1956 
Deposits in Savings Banks $1,041.24 

92 



Elizabeth White Fund 

Balance January 1, 19,56 

Principal Fund $25,000.00 

Unexpended Balance 2,012.76 

$27,012.76 
Received Interest for 1956 807.81 



$27,820.57 



Balance December 31, 1956 

Deposits in Savings Banks $26,985.57 

Paid Trustee's Orders for 1956 .... 835.00 



$27,820.57 



Georgia E. Whitney Fund 

Balance January 1, 1956 

Principal Fund $14,073.70 

Unexpended Balance 503.64 

$14,577.34 
Received Interest for 1956 429.02 



$15,006.36 



Balance December 31, 1956 

Deposits in Savings Banks $14,276.36 

Paid Trustee's Orders for 1956 .... 730.00 



$15,006.36 



Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1956 

Principal Fund $1,500.00 

Unexpended Balance 189.36 

$1,689.36 
Received Interest for 1956 50.21 



$1,739.57 



Balance December 31, 1956 
Deposits in Savings Banks $1,739.57 

93 



Frank C. Hayward Fund 

Balance January 1, 1956 

Principal Fund $1,000.00 

Unexpended Balance 192.96 

$1,192.96 
Received Interest for 1956 34.40 



$1,227.36 

Balance December 31, 1956 
Deposits in Savings Banks $1,227.36 

Holt and Scott Fund 

Balance January 1, 1956 

Principal Fund $500.00 

Unexpended Balance 94.58 

$594.58 
Received Interest for 1956 15.27 



$609.85 

Balance December 31, 1956 
Deposits in Savings Banks $609.85 

Frank Knowlton Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1956 

Principal Fund $1,000.00 

Received Interest for 1956 27.65 



$1,027.65 

Balance December 31, 1956 
Deposits in Savings Banks $1,027.65 

Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1956 

Principal Fund $1,597.63 

Received Interest for 1956 47.97 

$1,645.60 

94 



Balance December 31, 1956 

Deposits in Savings Banks $1,627.60 

Transfer to Town Account 18.00 



$1,645.60 



Henry S. Raymond Fund 
Monument Perpetual Care 

Balance January 1, 1956 

Principal Fund $700.00 

Unexpended Balance 183.66 

$883.66 
Received Interest for 1956 26.64 



$910.30 

Balance December 31, 1956 
Deposits in Savings Banks $910.30 

Henry S. Raymond Fund 

Balance January 1, 1956 

Principal Fund $2,000.00 

Unexpended Balance 272.74 

$2,272.74 
Received Interest for 1956 66.83 



$2,339.57 



Balance December 31, 1956 

Deposits in Savings Banks $2,289.57 

Transfer to Town Account 50.00 



$2,339.57 



Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund 

Balance January 1, 1956 

Principal Fund $82,238.95 

Unexpended Balance 6,076.43 



95 



$88,315.38 



Received Interest for 1956 2,664.67 



$90,980.05 



Balance December 31, 1956 

Deposits in Savings Banks $89,480.05 

Transfers to Town Account 1,500.00 



$90,980.05 



J. Roland Wetherbee Fund 

Balance January 1, 1956 

Principal Fund $10,000.00 

Unexpended Balance 930.42 

$10,930.42 
Received Interest for 1956 309.09 



$11,239.51 



Balance December 31, 1956 

Deposits in Savings Banks $10,989.51 

Transfers to Town Account 250.00 



$11,239.51 



Wilde Memorial Library Fund 

Balance January 1, 1956 

Principal Fund $31,565.65 

Unexpended Balance 809.36 

$32,375.01 
Received Interest for 1956 980.52 



$33,355.53 



Balance December 31, 1956 

Deposits in Savings Banks $31,355.53 

West Shore R. R. Bond ^ 1,000.00 

Transfers to Town Account 1,000.00 



$33,355.53 



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West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

Balance January 1, 1956 

Principal Fund $860.47 

Received Interest for 1956 26.00 

$886.47 

Balance December 31, 1956 
Deposit in Savings Bank $886.47 



Stabilization Fund 

Balance January 1, 1956 
Principal Fund 

Unexpended Balance $437.53 

Received Interest for 1956 13.27 

$450.80 

Balance December 31, 1956 
Deposit in Savings Bank $450.80 

Respectfully submitted, 

WM. HENRY SOAR, 

Town Treasurer. 



97 



REPORT OF THE TOWN ACCOUNTANT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The following material represents a report of the expendi- 
tures for the year, and the financial condition in the Town 
on December 31, 1956. It consists of three parts: 

I. Graphical distribution of Cash Receipts and Disburse- 
ments. 

II. Summary of Appropriations, Transfers, Disburse- 
ments, and unexpended balances. 

III. Balance Sheet, December 31, 1956. 

In addition to the money spent as indicated in Part II, 
liabilities have been incurred as follows: 

Board of Health: 

1. East Coast Aviation Corp $1,000.00 

(Mosquito control) 

2. Tekton Associates 454.18 

(Tests and recommendation to Agent) 

3. Assabet Sand & Gravel Co., Inc. 138.00 

(Gravel for Dump) 

Highway Department: 

1. James L. Hurton 227.50 

(Painting lines) 

2. Boston & Maine Railroad 1,230.84 

(Work related to Chapter 90, Construction) 

$3,050.52 

These unpaid bills will be inserted in an article on the 
Town Meeting Warrant. 

The detail of the Departmental payments has been omitted 
this year in the interest of economy, but it will be available 
to anyone who contacts me. 

The 1957 amortization requirements for the bonded indebt- 
edness of the Town, and Acton's share of Regional School 
District bond amortization are: 

98 



High School Addition $1,000.00 

Elementary School 15,000.00 

Blanchard Auditorium — Gymnasium .... 20,000.00 

Mohawk and Seneca Road Betterments .. 5,000.00 

Regional School District 15,200.00 

$56,200.00 

I have verified the accounts of the Treasurer, Collector and 
Manager of the School Cafeteria; and have reviewed the 
various funds in the custody of the Treasurer and Trustees. 

Respectfully submitted, 

DONALD 0. NYLANDER, 

Town Accountant. 



99 



PERCENTAGE DISTRIBUTION OF 
CASH RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS 




CASH RECEIPTS 




CASH DISBURSEMENTS 

100 



PERCENTAGE DISTRIBUTION OF 

CASH RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS 

FOR THE YEAR 1956 



This is where the money came from: 

% 

1. Taxes — Real Estate, Personal and Poll 49.9 

2. Special Assessments — Motor Vehicle Excise, 
Betterments, Welfare Recoveries, etc 7.8 

3. State and County tax apportionments and 
allotments 28.6 

4. Federal grants for charity and schools 3.2 

5. Agency and Trust 9.0 

6. All other income 1.5 

100.0 



This is how the money was spent: 

7. General Government 3.3 

8. Protection of Persons and Property 8.4 

9. Health and Sanitation 2.7 

10. Highways 16.1 

11. Charities and Veterans' Benefits 9.8 

12. Schools and Libraries 34.2 

13. Cemeteries 1.6 

14. Recreation and Unclassified 3.2 

15. Interest and Maturing Debt 11.3 

16. Agency and Trust 9.4 

100.0 
101 



SUMMARY OF 
APPROPRIATIONS AND DISBURSEMENTS 

JANUARY 1, 1956 TO DECEMBER 31, 1956 



GENERAL GOVERNMENT Appropriated Disbursed 

Selectmen's Dept. Salaries and 

Wages $4,678.00 

R 58.55 $4,736.55 

Expense 300.00 298.49 

Finance Committee 50.00 49.60 

Moderator 75.00 55.00 

Treasurer, Salary 1,300.00 1,300.00 

Expense 400.00 400.00 

Assessors, Salaries 4,500.00 4,300.00 

Expense 400.00 352.50 

Collector, Salary and Wages 2,500.00 2,500.00 

Expense 700.00 675.24 

Town Clerk, Salary and Wages 1,400.00 1,355.00 

Expense 350.00 288.36 

Elections and Registrations 

Salaries 2,4«0.00 2,330.80 

Expense 900.00 785.75 

Accountant, Salary 1,300.00 1,300.00 

Expense 200.00 199.89 

Planning Board, Expense 650.00 

R 195.00 806.33 

Service Fees 1,150.00 1,110.83 

Guarantee Deposits B 30.00 

C 60.00 14.50 

Board of Appeals, Expense 50.00 19.15 

Guarantee Deposits B 26.50 

C 50.00 34.25 

Town Counsel 500.00 500.00 

Buildings and Grounds, Salaries 

and Wages 3,150.00 2,898.24 

Expense 4,450.00 3,844.52 

Total General Government $31,913.05 $30,155.00 



Balance 



1.51 
.40 

20.00 



200.00 
47.50 

24.76 
45.00 
61.64 

159.20 
114.25 

.11 

38.67 
^39.17 

75.50 
30.85 

42.25 



251.76 
605.48 



$1,758.05 



PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY 



Police Dept. 



Salaries and Wages 
R 
E 
S 



$22,220.00 

125.00 

2,296.16 

2,300.00 



22,345.00 
2,296.16 



$2,300.00 



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Expense 4,425.00 

E 699.95 

S 700.00 

New Cruiser 1,350.00 

Traffic Timer 450.00 

Fire Dept. Salaries and Wages 8,775.00 

R 700.00 

S 2,100.00 

Expense 9,120.00 

Hydrant Rental 10,650.00 

R 52.60 

Base Station 600.00 

Hose Reel 500.00 

Fire Alarm System, Labor 4,760.00 

Expense 230.00 

Extension, Newtown Road .... 1,500.00 

S 1,500.00 

Extension, Hosmer Street .... 123.50 

Building Inspectors 1,000.00 

Moth Dept. Salaries and Wages 1,000.00 

Expense 1,000.00 

Dutch Elm Disease 1,200.00 

S 300.00 

Tree Dept. Salaries and Wages 2,000.00 

Expense 1,200.00 

Poison Ivy 1,000.00 

Shade Trees 250.00 

Town Forest, Cutting Brush .... 100.00 

Town Forest Committee B 420.00 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Salary 250.00 

Expense 50.00 

Wire Inspector, Salary and 

Travel 750.00 

Expense 100.00 

Dog Officer 350.00 

Civil Defense B 510.81 

Surface Drainage B 4,140.75 

Total Protection of Persons and 

Property $90,798.77 



4,425.00 
699.95 

1,327.00 
450.00 


700.00 
23.00 


9,458.45 
8,968.51 


16.55 

2,100.00 

151.49 


10,702.60 
600.00 
500.00 


— 


4,347.52 

143.67 

1,350.00 

123.50 


412.48 

86.33 

150.00 

1,500.00 


253.00 


747.00 


999.75 
967.67 


.25 
32.33 


1,199.15 


.85 
300.00 


1,993.40 

1,199.90 

992.60 


6.60 

.10 

7.40 


250.00 


— 


87.00 


13.00 




420.00 


250.00 
50.00 


— 


750.00 
60.98 


39.02 


316.50 


33.50 


396.01 


114.80 


1,737.00 


2,403.75 


$79,240.32 


$11,558.45 



HEALTH AND SANITATION 



Board of Health, Salaries and 

Wages, Board Members 50.00 50.00 

Secretary 2,385.00 2,340.00 



$45.00 



103 



950.00 


866.21 


83.79 


960.00 


960.00 


— 


665.00 


297.04 


367.96 


800.00 


762.75 


37.25 


700.00 


652.50 


47.50 


150.00 


103.20 


46.80 


2,900.00 


1,746.35 


1,153.65 


7,900.00 


7,900.00 


— 


150.00 


150.00 


— 


25.00 






: 3.06 


28.06 


— 


1,000.00 


963.00 


37.00 


. $28,587.06 


$25,670.86 


$2,916.20 



Town and School Nurse 3,120.00 3,120.00 — 

Assistant Nurse 960.00 475.00 485.00 

Agent 1,885.00 1,272.75 612.25 

Milk and Food Inspector 150.00 150.00 — 

Dump 3,760.00 

R 74.00 3,834.00 — 

Board of Health, Expense 

Board 

Town and School Nurse 

Agent 

Dump 

State Sanitorium 

Medical Supplies 

Clinic 

Garbage Collections 

Inspector of Animals, Salary .. 

Expense , 

R 
Plumbing Inspector 

Total Health and Sanitation .. 



HIGHWAYS 

Village $5,500.00 

R 1,290.00 $6,788.87 $1.13 

Chapter 81 8,550.00 

R 150.00 

A 38.35 

G 15,950.00 

Chapter 90, Maintenance 2,000.00 

G 3,000.00 

Chapter 90, Construction B 8,397.74 

7,000.00 

G 28,000.00 

Culverts B 4,000.00 F 

Signs and Lines 500.00 

Snow Removal 20,000.00 

E 5,999.86 

S 2,500.00 

Road Machinery Maintenance .... 5,000.00 

Tractor & Loader Purchase 9,500.00 

Brook at Homestead Street 14,500.00 

Drainage F 2,000.00 

R 688.87 

S 3,300.00 

Sidewalks, South Acton 1,000.00 

R 1.81 1,001.81 



24,687.64 


.71 


4,999.01 


.99 


43,296.21 


101.53 


2,000.00 


2,000.00 


499.95 


.05 


20,000.00 


— 


5,999.86 


— 




2,500.00 


4,997.61 


2.39 


9,385.20 


114.80 


12,917.58 


1,582.42 


2,587.68 


101.19 




3,300.00 



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West Acton 4,500.00 4,500.00 — 

Vacations 925.00 907.20 17.80 

Street Lighting 7,000.00 6,939.77 60.23 



Total Highways, excluding 

transfer (F) $159,291.63 $149,508.39 $9,783.24 



CHARITIES AND VETERANS' BENEFITS 

General Relief and Disability 

Assistance B $3,796.28 

5,000.00 $147.75 

L 145.67 

G 1,620.33 $7,477.87 2,936.66 

Old Age Assistance B 20,452.79 

41,000.00 

L 2,010.57 

G 22,284.42 61,768.01 23,979.77 

Aid to Dependent Children B 1,363.98 

5,500.00 

G 5,093.54 11,045.07 912.45 

Welfare Administration 2,275.00 2,275.00 — 

Veterans' Benefits, Aid 8,000.00 

R 737.93 8,737.93 — 

Agents' Salary 200.00 200.00 — 

Agents' Expense 250.00 199.16 50.84 

Veterans' Service, Salary 800.00 800.00 

Expense 25.00 25.00 



Total Charities and Veterans' 

Benefits $120,555.51 $91,703.04 $28,852.47 

SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES 

Schools 

Local, Instruction $156,760.00 $153,695.11 $3,064.89 

Control 9,235.00 8,531.63 703.37 

Textbooks and Supplies 6,775.00 6,060.76 714.24 

Plant Operation 28,450.00 27,526.90 923.10 

Maintenance 2,350.00 2,020.20 329.80 

Auxiliary Agencies 16,775.00 15,384.46 1,390.54 

Outlay 2,400.00 1,116.13 1,283.87 

Contingency Fund 700.00 700.00 

Blanchard Auditorium Main- 
tenance 12,620.00 8,259.69 4,360.31 

Cafeteria B 1,489.99 

C 16,399.49 15,909.01 1,980.47 

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Athletics 1,000.00 

B 812.86 

C 788.99 1,978.10 623.75 

Tuition 2,000.00 1,912.07 87.93 

Elementary School 

Building B 729.33 729.33 

Addition B 700.00 

2,500.00 85.10 3,114.90 

S 7,500.00 7,500.00 

Blanchard Auditorium 

Building B 64.29 

4,400.00 840.00 3,624.29 

Center School, Cesspool B 1,000.00 1,000.00 

Regional, Operation 69,173.86 69,153.40 20.37 

Libraries, Salaries 3,700.00 

R 75.00 3,416.55 358.45 

Expense 1,100.00 

R 77.69 1,177.69 — 

Books B 2.27 

660.00 

T 1,000.00 1,659.09 3.18 

Repairs B 61.60 56.64 4.96 



Total Schools and Libraries $351,300.37 $318,782.62 $32,517.75 



CEMETERIES 

Salaries and Wages $11,200.00 $11,194.25 $5.75 

Expense 2,500.00 2,495.77 4.23 

Mount Hope Oiling B 500.00 500.00 

Woodlawn, Clearing and Grad- 
ing B 68.50 68.50 

Perpetual Care B 161.17 

T 500.00 606.24 54.93 

Hosmer Fund B 6.83 

T 1,500.00 1,472.22 34.61 

Blanchard Fund T 18.00 18.00 — 

Wetherbee Fund B 27.59 

T 250.00 60.06 217.53 

Raymond Fund B 36.38 

T 50.00 49.11 37.27 

Whitney Fund B 46.07 44.85 1.22 



Total Cemeteries $16,864.54 $15,940.50 $924.04 

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RECREATION AND UNCLASSIFIED 

Recreation $1,650.00 $807.91 $842.09 

Water Safety 500.00 500.00 — 

Town Reports 2,222.57 2,222.57 

Surety Bonds 675.00 599.50 75.50 

Workmen's Compensation 2,000.00 

R 280.57 2,280.57 — 

Town Building Insurance 1,100.00 

R 574.38 1,674.38 — 

Officer and Employee Insurance 1,200.00 1,119.75 80.25 

Boiler and Machinery Insurance 778.24 778.24 — 

Flood Emergency C 7,745.05 

E 5,326.22 13,071.27 — 

Memorial Day 600.00 581.72 18.28 

Pension and Military Service 

Funds 4,016.82 4,016.82 — 

Miscellaneous Expense 1,500.00 1,500.00 — 

Total Recreation and Unclassified $30,168.85 $29,152.73 $1,016.12 



INTEREST AND MATURING DEBT 

Interest on Debt 

Town $6,892.50 $6,384.49 $508.01 

Regional School District 33,345.00 33,345.00 — 

Maturing Debt 

Town 41,000.00 41,000.00 — 

Regional School District 24,700.00 24,700.00 — 

Total Interest and Maturing Debt $105,937.50 $105,429.49 $508.01 

Total of Departmental Items $935,417.28 $845,582.95 $89,834.33 



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AGENCY AND TRUST 

Agency- 
State Audit of Municipal Ac- 
counts $635.49 

State Parks and Reservations 1,042.50 

Middlesex County Tax 12,999.19 

Middlesex County Hospital As- 
sessment a,197.97 

Middlesex County Dog Licenses 1,464.80 

Trust 

Charity 1,565.00 

Cemeteries 2,975.00 

Firemen's Relief Fund 275.00 

Trust Fund Income 7,431.95 

Withholding Tax 34,983.90 

Massachusetts Hospital Service 4,163.95 

Middlesex County Retirement 

Association 5,334.49 

Massachusetts Teachers Retire- 
ment Fund 7,408.05 

Acton Teachers Insurance 39.30 

Refunds on Taxes 3,503.71 

Total Agency and Trust $87,020.30 

Grand Total of all Cash Dis- 
bursements $932,603.25 



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Key to alphabetical designations: 

A — Audit adjustment 

B — Balance from previous year 

C — Cash Receipts 

D — Guarantee Deposits 

E — Emergency expenditures authorized under Section 31 of Chapter 44, 
General Laws 

F — Transfer authorized at October 1, 1956 Special Town Meeting 

G — Grants from Federal Government 

L — Lien recoveries on Welfare cases 

R — Reserve Fund transfers 

S — Appropriations of October 1, 1956 Special Town Meeting restricted 
to disbursement after January 1, 1957 

T — Tmst Fund Transfers 



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BALANCE SHEET 

ASSETS 

Cash: 

General Funds $289,788.22 

Petty Cash Funds 70.00 

$289,858.22 
Accounts Receivable: 
Taxes : 

Levy of 1952 

Personal Property 124.50 

Levy of 1953 

Personal Property 412.35 

Levy of 1954 

Real Estate $119.81 

Personal Property 647.22 

$767.03 
Levy of 1955 

Real Estate $5,396.63 

Personal Property 1,577.20 

$6,973.83 
Levy of 1956 

Real Estate $28,600.01 

Personal Property 3,159.62 

Poll 52.00 

$31,811.63 

$40,089.34 
Motor Vehicle Excise 

Levy of 1955 $575.p5 

Levy of 1956 15,163.03 

$15,738.08 

Street Assessments $10,588.08 

Tax Titles $491.50 

Tax Possessions 400.19 

$891.69 
Departmental : 

School $216.00 

Old Age Assistance 904.41 

Aid to Dependent Children .... 1,244.39 

Cemetery 286.00 

Highway 60.00 

$2,710.80 
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December 31, 1956 

LIABILITIES AND RESERVES 

Employees' Payroll Deductions: 

Federal Taxes $3,332.60 

County Retirement System 481.87 

■ Teachers' Retirement System 505.39 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield 224.15 

$4,544.01 
Guarantee Deposits: 

Board of Appeals $42.25 

Planning Board 75.50 

Revolutionary Ridge Co 350.00 

$467.75 
Tailings — Unclaimed Checks $111.63 

Trust Fund Income Transfer Balances: 

Cemetery 

Perpetual Care $54.93 

Susan Noyes Hosmer 34.61 

J. Roland Wetherbee 217.53 

Henry S. Raymond 37.27 

Georgia Whitney 1.22 

Library 

Wilde Memorial 3.18 

$348.74 
Federal Grants: 

Administration $362.05 

Old Age Assistance 23,979.77 

Aid to Dependent Children 912.45 

Disability Assistance 2,936.66 

$28,190.93 
Revolving Funds — School Department: 

Cafeteria $1,980.47 

Athletics 623.75 

$2,604.22 
Unexpended Appropriation Balances: 

Police Department Salaries $2,300.00 

Police Department Expense 700.00 

Fire Department Salaries 2,100.00 

Fire Alarm System Extension 1,500.00 

Dutch Elm Disease 300.00 

Highway Culverts 2,000.00 

Snow Removal 2,500.00 

Brook at Homestead Street Drainage 1,582.42 

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Aid to Highways: 




State 


$8,217.27 


County 


1,831.47 




$10,048.74 


Under-estimate, 1956 Assessments: 




County Tax 


$553.32 


State Parks 


432.42 




$985.74 


1957 Revenue 


$20,200.00 


Emergency expenditures under 




Chapter 44, Section 31 : 




Police Department 


$2,996.11 


Snow Removal 


2,999.86 


Flood, August 19-20, 1955 .... 


5,326.22 




$11,322.19 



$402,432.88 



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Drainage 3,401.19 

Elementary School Building 729.33 

Blanchard Auditorium and Gymnasium 3,624.29 

Elementary School Addition Committee 10,614.90 

Center School Cesspool 1,000.00 

Mount Hope Oiling 500.00 

Woodla^^Tl Clearing and Grading 68.50 

Surface Drainage 2,403.75 

Civil Defense 114.80 

TowTi Forest Committee 420.00 



$35,859.18 



Over-estimate 1956 Assessment 

County Hospital 612.37 

Stabilization Fund 5,000.00 

Cemetery Land Fund 2,700.35 

Road Machinery Fund 13,538.22 

Welfare Recoveries 3,934.43 

County Dog Licenses 53.60 

Overlay Surplus — Reser^'e Fund 10,841.21 

Overlays Reserved for Abatements: 

Levy of 1952 $124.50 

Levy of 1953 412.35 

Levy of 1954 767.03 

Levy of 1955 5,757.66 

Levy of 1956 8,225.88 

$15,287.42 
Revenue Reserved until Collected: 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise $15,738.08 

Tax Title and Possession 891.69* 

Departmental 2,710.80 

Aid to Highways 10,048.74 

Street Assessment 10,588.08 

$39,977.39 

Reserv^e for Petty Cash Advances 70.00 

Surplus Revenue 238,291.43 



$402,432.88 



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DEBT ACCOUNTS 

Net Funded or Fixed Debt $281,000.00 



TRUST ACCOUNTS 

Trust Funds, Cash and Securities: 

In custody of Town Treasurer $285,640.63 

In custody of Trustees 3,524.50 



$289,165.13 

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DEBT ACCOUNTS 

Inside Debt Limit: 

High School $1,000.00 

Elementary School 70,000.00 

$71,000.00 
Outside Debt Limit: 

Elementary School 160,000.00 

Blanchard Auditorium 40,000.00 

$200,000.00 
Betterment Notes 10,000.00 



$281,000.00 



TRUST ACCOUNTS 

In Custody of Town Treasurer: 

Charity Funds: 

Elizabeth M. White $26,985.57 

Georgia E. Whitney 14,276.36 

Betsy M. Ball 12,046.59 

Cemetery FHinds: 

Henry S. Raymond — Monument 910.30 

Henry S. Raymond — Care 2,289.57 

Hoitt and Scott 609.85 

J. Roland Wetherbee 10,989.51 

Perpetual Care 78,351.98 

Surplus 234.00 

Luke Blanchard 1,627.60 

Frank C. Hayward 1,227.36 

Georgia E. Whitney 1,739.57 

Susan Noyes Hosmer 89,480.05 

Dr. Robert I. Davis 1,041.24 

Frank R. Knowlton 1,027.65 

Library Funds: 

Charlotte Conant, School 1,666.61 

Wilde Memorial 32,355.53 

Firemen's Relief: 

Acton Fund 7,444.02 

West Acton Fund 886.47 

Stabilization 450.80 



$285,640.63 



In Custody of Trustees: 

Charlotte Goodnow Fund 3,524.50 



$289,165.13 



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STATE AUDITOR'S REPORT 



REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTS 

February 17, 1956 

To the Board of Selectmen 

Mr. Leo C. Cunningham, Chairman 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen : 

I submit herewith my report of an audit of the books and 
accounts of the Town of Acton for the period from December 
7, 1954 to December 17, 1955, made in accordance with the 
provisions of Chapter 44, General Laws. This is in the form 
of a report made to me by Mr. William Schwartz, Assistant 
Director of Accounts. 

Very truly yours, 

HERMAN B. DINE, 
Director of Accounts. 
HBDiBAB 



Mr. Herman B. Dine 

Director of Accounts 

Department of Corporations and Taxation 

State House, Boston 

Sir: 

In accordance with your instinictions, I have made an 
audit of the books and accounts of the Town of Acton 
for the period from December 7, 1954, the date of the 
previous examination, to December 17, 1955, and submit the 
following report thereon: 

The financial transactions as recorded on the books of the 
several departments collecting or disbursing mioney for the 
Town or committing bills for collection were examined, 
checked, and verified. 

The books and accounts of the Town Accountant were 
examined. The ledger accounts were analyzed; the receipts 
as recorded were checked with the Treasurer's record of 
receipts; the payments were compared with the Treasury 
warrants approved by the Board of Selectmen; and the 

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appropriation accounts were checked with the appropriations, 
transfers, and loan authorizations voted by the Town as 
listed from the Town Clerk's record of town meetings. The 
ledger record of departmental accounts receivable was checked 
with the records of the several departments committing the 
bills and with the Treasurer's book; the transfers from the 
reserve fund were compared with the amounts authorized by 
the finance committee; and a balance sheet, which is ap- 
pended to this report, was prepared showing the financial 
condition of the Town on December 17, 1955. 

The books and accounts of the Town Treasurer were exam- 
ined. The recorded receipts were analyzed and checked with 
the records of the departments making pajnnents to the 
Treasurer and with other sources from which money was 
paid into the Town Treasury. The expenditures were com- 
pared with the Treasury Warrants approved by the Board 
of Selectmen, and the cash balance on December 17, 1955 
was proved by reconciliation of the bank balances with state- 
ments furnished by the banks of deposit. 

The payments on account of maturing debt and interest 
were proved by comparison with the amounts falling due and 
with the cancelled securities and coupons on file. 

The savings bank books and securities representing the 
investment of the trust and investment funds in the custody 
of the Town Treasurer and the Trustees of the Charlotte 
L. Goodnow Fund were examined and listed, the income 
being proved and the payments to the Town being verified. 

The payroll deductions for Federal taxes, Blue Cross and 
Blue Shield, and the Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement and 
County Retirement Systems were listed and checked with 
the Treasurer's record of receipts; the payments to the 
Collector of Internal Revenue, the Massachusetts Hospital 
Service, Inc., the Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement Sys- 
tem, and the County Treasurer were verified; and the bal- 
ances of deductions in the general treasury on December 17, 
1955 were listed and proved with the Accountant's ledger. 

The records of tax titles held by the Town were examined. 
The tax title register was analyzed and checked with the 
Collector's and Treasurer's accounts and with the records 
at the Registry of Deeds. 

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The books and accounts of the Town Collector were exam- 
ined and checked. The tax, motor vehicle and trailer excise, 
and departmental accounts outstanding according to the 
previous examination, as well as all subsequent commitments, 
were audited and proved. The recorded collections were 
checked, the abatements were compared with the Assessors* 
and other departmental records of abatements granted, the 
payments to the Treasurer were verified, the outstanding ac- 
counts were listed and proved with the Accountant's ledger, 
and the Tax Collector's cash balance on December 17, 1955 
was proved by actual count. 

The outstanding accounts were further verified by mailing 
notices to a number of persons whose names appeared on 
the books as owing money to the Town, and from the replies 
received it appears that the accounts, as listed, are correct, 
with the exception of certain payments made to a deputy 
collector which have not yet been accounted for to the Town 
and which are in the process of investigation. 

The Town Clerk's records of dog and sporting licenses 
issued were examined and checked, the payments to the 
State being verified by comparison with the receipts on file 
and the payments to the Town Treasurer being compared 
with the Treasurer's cash book. 

The records of licenses and permits issued by the Select- 
men were examined and checked, the payments to the 
Treasurer being verified. 

The surety bonds of the Town officials bonded for the 
faithful performance of their duties were examined and found 
to be in proper form. 

The records of receipts of the Sealer of Weights and Meas- 
ures and of the Police, Fire, Health, School, and Cemetery 
departments, as well as of all other departments collecting 
money for the town or committing bills for collection, were 
examined and checked with the Treasurer's cash receipts 
and with the records of the Accounting Officer. 

Appended to this report, in addition to the balance sheet, 
are tables showing reconciliations of the Treasurer's and the 
Town Collector's cash, summaries of the tax, excise, tax title, 

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and departmental accounts, as well as schedules showing the 
condition and transactions of the trust and investment funds. 

For the cooperation received from all Town officials during 
the progress of the audit, I wish, on behalf of my assistants 
and for myself, to express appreciation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM SCHWARTZ, 
WSiBAB Assistant Director of Accounts. 



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TOWN OF ACTON 



GENERAL ACCOUNTS 
ASSETS 

Cash: 

General 

Advance for Petty: 

General, School 

Lunch Program 



$265,708.92 



$20.00 
50.00 



Accounts Receivable: 
Taxes : 

Levy of 1949 

Real Estate $2.82 

Levy of 1950 

Real Estate 3.24 

Levy of 1951 

Personal Property 449.17 

Real Estate 3.53 

Levy of 1952 

Personal Property 433.65 

Real Estate 75.49 

Levy of 1953 

Personal Property 422.39 

Real Estate 397.53 

Levy of 1954 

Poll 2.00 

Personal Property 2,034.22 

Real Estate 10,858.29 

Levy of 1955 

Poll 48.00 

Personal Property 2,777.91 

Real Estate 29,403.52 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise: 

Levy of 1951 $51.93 

Levy of 1952 14.48 

Levy of 1953 20.15 

Levy of 1954 604.58 

Levy of 1955 4,648.78 



$70,00 



$46,911.76 



$5,339.92 



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Balance Sheet — December 17, 1955 



LIABILITIES AND RESERVES 

Employees' Payroll Deductions: 

Federal Taxes $1,961.20 

County Retirement System 235.95 

Teachers' Retirement System 381.86 



Overpayments to be Refunded: 

Real Estate Taxes 1955 $116.00 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise 1955 384.30 



$2,579.01 



$500.30 



Guarantee Deposits: 

Contract Bids $350.00 

Board of Appeals 42.50 

Planning Board 30.00 

$422.50 
Agency : 

County — Dog Licenses $7.20 

Tailings : 

Unclaimed Checks $111.63 

Trust Fund Bequests : 

Cemetery Perpetual Care $17.50 

Trust Fund Income: 

Wilde Memorial Library Fund $160.90 

Cemeteiy Funds: 

Perpetual Care 185.32 

Susan Noyes Hosmer 338.10 

Luke Blanchard 25.00 

J. Roland Wetherbee 27.59 

Georgia E. Whitney 46.07 

Henry L. Raymond Care 37.88 



Federal Grants: 

Disability Assistance: 

Administration $11.56 

Assistance 3,796.28 

Aid to Dependent Children: 

Administration 182.31 

Assistance 1,363.98 

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$820.86 



Tax Titles and Possessions: 

Tax Titles $358.07 

Tax Possessions 400.19 



$758.26 



Departmental : 

Dog Officer $6.50 

Disability Assistance 80.28 

Aid to Dependent Children 1,017.41 

Old Age Assistance 1,954.17 

School 4,349.10 , 

Cemetery 219.00 

$7,626.46 
Aid to Highways: 

State $18,520.23 

Unprovided For or Overdrawn Accounts: 

Revenue 1956 (Appropriation Voted in 1955) : 

Fire Hydrant Rental $5,000.00 

Plumbing inspector 500.00 

Additions to Elementary School Commit- 
tee 700.00 

Library : 

Salaries 900.00 

Expense 650.00 

$7,750.00 
Flood Damage Emergency Expenditures $3,335.85 

Underestimate 1955: 

County Tax $1,198.54 

Due from Trust Funds : 

Elizabeth White Charity Fund $600.00 

Georgia E. Whitney Charity Fund 300.00 

$900.00 



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Old Age Assistance: 

Administration 32.62 

Assistance 20,452.79 

$25,839.54 
Revolving Funds : 

School Lunch $2,100.69 

. School Athletics 1,086.31 

$3,187.00 
Appropriation Balances : 

Revenue $92,472.81 

Non-Revenue : 

Elementary School Construction $829.33 

Blanchard Auditorium Construction 64.29 

Surface Drainage 827.15 

$94,193.58 
Overestimates 1955: 
State: 

Recreation Areas Assessment $82.80 

Moth Assessment 102.32 

County Hospital Assessment 458.88 

$644.00 

Sale of Cemetery Lots Fund $1,910.35 

Receipts Reserved for Appropriations: 

Road Machinery Fund $11,226.16 

Reserve Fund — Overlay Surplus $9,816.26 

Overlays Reserved for Abatements: 

Levy of 1949 $2.82 

Levy of 1950 3.24 

Levy of 1951 452.70 

Levy of 1952 509.14 

Levy of 1953 819.92 

Levy of 1954 4,350.62 

Levy of 1955 5,925.16 

$12,063.60 
Revenue Reserved Until Collected: 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise $4,955.62 

Tax Title and Possession 758.26 

Departmental 7,626.46 

Aid to Highway 18,520.23 

$31,860.57 

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$358,119.94 



DEBT ACCOUNTS 

Net Funded or Fixed Debt: 
Inside Debt Limit: 

General $92,000.00 

Outside Debt Limit: 

General 230,000.00 



$322,000.00 



TRUST AND INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS 

Trust and Investment Funds: 

Cash and Securities: 

In Custody of Town Treasurer $279,766.87 

In Custody of Trustees 3,465.54 



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Reserve for Petty Cash Advances $70.00 

Surplus Revenue: 

Current Year $53,324.33 

Prior Years 109,525.55 



$162,849.88 
$358,119.94 



Serial Loans: 

Inside Debt Limit: 

High School $2,000.00 

Elementary School 75,000.00 

Surface Drainage 15,000.00 

$92,000.00 
Outside Debt Limit : 

Elementary School $170,000.00 

Blanchard Auditorium 60,000.00 

$230,000.00 

$322,000.00 



In Custody of Town Treasurer: 

Charity Funds : 

Betsy M. Ball $11,689.77 

Elizabeth White 27,612.76 

Georgia E. Whitney 15,052.34 

Charlotte Conant School Fund 1,625.66 

Wilde Memorial Library Fund 32,375.01 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 6,958.10 

West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 860.47 

Cemetery Funds: 

Perpetual Care 73,445.24 

Surplus 227.43 

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$283,232.41 



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Hoit and Scott 594.58 

J. Roland Wetherbee 10,930.42 

Georgia E. Whitney 1,689.36 

Luke Blanchard 1,597.63 

Frank C. Haywood 1,192.96 

Susan Noyes Hosmer 88,315.38 

Henry L. Raymond Care 2,272.74 

Henry L. Raymond Monument 883.66 

Dr. Robert I. Davis 1,005.83 

Frank R. Knowlton 1,000.00 

Stabilization Fund 437.53 

$279,766.87 
In Custody of Trustees : 

Charlotte L. Goodnow Fund $3,465.54 

$283,232.41 



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LIBRARIAN'S REPORT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit the following report for 1956. 

Board of Trustees 

Alden C. Flagg Dudley Howe 

W. W. Forbes, M.D. Miss Florence Merriam 

Frank Garbarino Mrs. M. P. Moore 

Frederick Heyliger Mrs. David Thompson 

Marvin Tolf 

Library Hours 

Acton Memorial West Branch 

Tuesday - Saturday (incl.) Tuesday 3 - 6 P. M. 

1 - 6 P. M. and 7 - 9 P. M. Thursday 6 - 8 P. M. 

Librarians 

Marian L. Piper 

Edna R. Custance (assistant) 

Ina Milbery — West Branch 



Custodian 




Glen Pasanen 




Accession 




Number of Volumes in Library January 1, 1956 


19,232 


Increase by purchase 


680 


Increase by gift 


302 


Withdrawn 


364 


Number of Volumes in Library January 1, 1957 


19,850 


Circulation — 1956 




Fiction 


16,354 


Non-fiction 


5,821 


Juvenile 


11,569 



Total 33,744 

(Circulation 1955 — 26,603) 

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Receipts 

Fines $336.14 

Miscellaneous 26.42 



Total $362.56 

The Library extends sincere thanks to the follovv'ing people 
who have donated books and magazines: Mrs. Adam, Mrs. 
Albright, Mrs. E. Bursaw, Mr. and Mrs. Callahan, Mrs. 
D. Cameron, Mrs. N. Campbell, Mr. C. Christoffersen, Mrs. 
A. Condon, Mr. and Mrs. Cowley, Mrs. Darling, Mrs. Dick, 
Mrs. Dickinson, Richard Dickinson, Dickie Doyle, Mrs. 
Dunphy, Mrs. Ferris, Mrs. L. Forbes, Mr. Frost, Mr. Gannon, 
Mr. Hatch, Mr. Heyliger, Mrs. Hollis, Mrs. Hunt, Mr. 
Kretschmar, Mr. Lortz, ]\Irs. J. Lothrop, Mrs. Mauze, Mr. 
MacLean, Mrs. Medlar, i\Iiss I. Merriam, Mrs. M. Moore, 
Mrs. M. Murphy, Mrs. R. North, Mr. Pettingell, Christine 
Shepard, Mr. and Mrs. R. Smith, Mr. W. Stevens, Mrs. 
Swenson, Lester Veenstra, Jr., Mrs. Von Meister. Also 
the State of Massachusetts and the American Cancer Society. 

MARIAN L. PIPER, 

Librarian. 



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REPORT OF WELFARE DEPARTMENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Gentlemen : — 

Submitted herewith is the report of the Board of Public 
Welfare for the year 1956. 

OLD AGE ASSISTANCE: The year opened with 65 
recipients in this group and closed with 60. There have been 
7 deaths and 7 withdrawals. 9 new applications were approved. 

AID TO DEPENDENT CHILDREN: Altogether 9 fam- 
ilies with a total of 37 children have been aided within this 
category. 

DISABILITY ASSISTANCE AND GENERAL RELIEF: 

The Board has aided several families both in town and living 
elsewhere but with Acton Settlement. 



The following is a detailed analysis of the expenditure 
for 1956 and the estimated expenditure for 1957. 

Old Age Assistance 

Amount paid to Acton residents $60,819.52 

Amount paid to Acton cases elsewhere 948.49 

$61,768.01 

Federal share $24,287.58 

State share 26,706.31 

Receipts from other towns 1,703.88 

$52,697.77 

Net cost to Acton $9,070.24 

Aid to Dependent Children 

Amount paid to Acton residents $11,045.07 

Federal share $5,356.19 

State share 3,681.68 

$9,037.87 

Net cost to Acton $2,007.20 

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Disability Assistance and General Relief 

Amount paid from GENERAL RELIEF $2,605.79 
Amount paid from DISABILITY AS- 
SISTANCE 4,872.08 



$7,477.87 



Federal share (DISABILITY) $1,733.00 

State share (DISABILITY) 1,921.07 



$3,654.07 
Net cost to Acton $3,823.80 

Nashoba Public Welfare Administration 

TOTAL COST $10,477.22 

Net cost to Acton 2,000.00 

Recovery from Lien on Real Estate 

(Old Age Assistance) $9,652.66 

Recovery from Life Insurance Assignment 

(Disability) $375.00 

Estimated Expenditures for 1957 

OLD AGE ASSISTANCE $31,000.00 

AID TO DEPENDENT CHILDREN .... 6,500.00 
DISABILITY ASSISTANCE AND 

GENERAL RELIEF 5,000.00 

ADMINISTRATION 2,400.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

LOSSIE E. LAIRD, 
A. PERRY MARBLE, 
C. S. CURTIS. 



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REPORT OF BOARD OF HEALTH 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 
Gentlemen : 

The Board of Health herewith submits its report for the 
year ending December 31, 1956, together with the repoiis 
of its Agent, Town Nurse, Inspector of Food and Milk, 
Inspector of Slaughtering, Inspector of Sanitation, Plumbing 
Inspector and items of interest concerning the Health and 
Sanitation of the Town. 

It is impossible to enumerate the many services rendered 
by a Board of Health. We have had a very busy year as 
was anticipated. With a growing community, the needs 
are many and a greater responsibility to its members and 
staff. One of usual importance has been the sanitary situa- 
tion due to faulty sewage drainage. I\Iany hours have been 
spent to correct this, both with present home owners and 
with new builders before the conditions arise. Reports of 
pollution have been investigated and corrected. Fortunately 
the hurricanes of 1956, which always create a hazardous 
condition, escaped us. Germs are like soldiers in that they 
are effective in relation to their numbers ; usually a massive 
dose of these organisms is much more likely to cause disease 
than a smaller number. 

Due to reports received at the Office of a vast mosquito 
population, an emergency spraying operation to rout the 
mosquito and reduce this population was deemed necessary, 
as a means of checking the threat of horse sleeping sick- 
ness (encephalitis). The Board feels that this is a health 
measure with so much low land, and has included an article 
in the Warrant, to be voted upon at the Annual Town i\Ieet- 
ing, providing for the continuance of this vrork in 1957. 

The Town has been well covered for garbage pick-up. 
Please bear in mind that Garbage is not to contain paper or 
rubbish of any kind, or to be taken to the Town Dump. Rub- 
bish may be taken to the Dump which is open 8 A. M. to 5 
P. M., Monday through Saturday. There has been much 
discussion as to the Dump being open on Sunday. Many 
people desire this service, and so the Dump has been open 
on an honor system (no man in charge). This does not 
seem to work out, especially during the summer months and 
dry season. Another reason is that there are no lights at 
the Dump, therefore an accident could occur very easily. 

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It is essential that a man be there on duty at all times during 
dump hours. 

We have one patient at Waltham Sanatorium. Each month 
a free TB clinic is held in Maynard sponsored by Boards of 
Health of surrounding towns along with the Middlesex Health 
Association. We hope everyone possible will take advantage 
of these clinics. According to the National Tuberculosis 
Association one-third of the people in the United States today 
are infected with live tubercle bacilli ; and that there is a 
death from this disease on the average of every half hour. 

The various other clinics held which have been strictly 
supervised by the Board of Health include pre-school, Dental, 
Diphtheria, Ears and Eyes, Schick test and polio, with polio 
being perhaps the largest. This required much clerical work 
with eleven (11) clinics and attending personnel and gave 
two (2) inoculations to all pre-school, school and ages thru 
nineteen (19) years, pregnant mothers and those up to thirty 
(30) years who wished to have the inoculations. Booster 
shots will be given early in 1957. The nurse under the 
Board's supervision must also be approved by the State Dept. 
of Public Health, in order to carry out these clinics. 

Your Health Nurse is for your convenience. She may be 
reached during the day by calling the Office at the Town 
Hall, colonial 3-4736, hours are 9 A. M. to 4 P. M., Monday 
thru Friday. Use your Health Office when making calls 
pertaining to the various responsibilities of the Board of 
Health. All communicable diseases should be reported either 
by an attending physician or the householder, (Chapter 111, 
General Laws of Mass.) to the Board of Health Office, vv^ho 
in turn report to the State Board of Health. The health and 
sanitation of a town depends on its efforts and your coopera- 
tion, by voting sufficient funds to carry out these efforts. 

Edward N. Hurley who has been acting as Assistant 
Agent was appointed Agent to replace Edward J. Higgins 
who resigned in November. Mr. Higgins served the Board of 
Health as Agent for eight years. 

We wish to thank the many other Boards in the Town 
for their cooperation during the past year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ORMA L. CLARK, M. D., Chairman, 
HERBERT L. LEUSHER, 
MARTIN J. DUGGAN, 

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REPORT OF BOARD OF HEALTH AGENT 

To the Board of Health 
Acton, Massachusetts 

There were sixty-three (63) cases of contagious diseases 
which are dangerous to the public health reported during 
the year 1956. 

Cases reported: 

Chicken pox 39 

Dog bite 9 

German measles 4 

' Scarlet fever 1 

Scarletina 1 

Mumps 7 

Syphillis 1 

Aseptic meningitis 1 



63 

There were thirty-one (31) deaths reported for which 
burial permits were issued during the year. 

Died in Acton 28 

Died elsewhere 3 

Buried in Acton 14 

Buried elsewhere 17 

EDWARD N. HURLEY, 

Agent. 



REPORT OF 
THE MILK AND FOOD INSPECTOR 

To the Board of Health 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Following is the report of the Milk and Food Inspector 
for 1956: 

11 Milk plants visited 
11 Eating places visited 

3 Catering establishments 

9 Stores where milk, etc., are sold 

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2 Ice Cream licenses issued 
19 Milk licenses issued 
16 Milk Dealers' licenses issued 

1 Slaughtering of Poultry license issued 

All Eating places had glasses and silverware laboratory- 
tested for cleanliness twice during the year 

Milk and Cream samples were picked up at stores and 
analyzed. Also the School milk was tested each month. 

It has been a pleasure to serve the Board of Health of 
Acton as Milk and Food Inspector. 

Respectfully submitted, 

BRADFORD S. LEACH. 



REPORT OF INSPECTOR OP SANITATION 

To the Board of Health 
Acton, Massachusetts 

There were 202 permits for Septic Tanks issued during the 
year with a total of 516 inspections. 

Permits 202 

Inspections 516 

Complaints and faulty drainage corrected 84 

Miscellaneous complaints investigated 25 

Permits issued for storage of Methyl alcohol 13 

Offal permits 1 

Overnight cabins and motels 2 

Kindergartens and children's work shop 5 

Rest homes and nursing homes inspected 2 



850 



EDWARD J. HIGGINS, 

Inspector of Sanitation. 



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REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF SLAUGHTERING 

To the Board of Health 
Acton, Massachusetts 

There were no cases of slaughtering reported in Acton 
during the year 1956. 

EDWARD J. HIGGINS, 
Inspector of Slaughtering. 

REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF PLUMBING 

To the Board of Health 
Acton, Massachusetts 

I herewith submit my report as Inspector of Plumbing 
for the year ending December 31, 1956. 

There were one hundred ninety-six (196) plumbing per- 
mits issued during the year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JOSEPH G. PERRY, 
Inspector of Plumbing. 



REPORT OF THE TOWN NURSE 

To the Board of Health 
Acton, Mass. 

Gentlemen : 

I hereby submit mv report for the year ending December 
31, 1956. 

Old Age 1 

Welfare | 

Aid to Dependent Children |^ 370 

Veterans, Veterans' Widows or their | 
Dependents J 

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Communicable Diseases 

Childhood diseases 38 

Tuberculosis 2 

Clinics for Salk Polio Vaccine Inoculations 11 

Preschool 374 

School 1,010 

Medical and Surgical Chronic Cases 778 

Follow-up Visits (not charged) 168 

Kindergarten Inspections 4 

Maternal and Child Health Visits 

Prenatal 28 

Home Delivery 1 

Postnatal 68 

Preschool children 74 

School Children (home visits) 122 

Night, Sunday and off-hour calls 28 

Paid Visits to Persons Under Doctor's 

Care 550 

Trips to Waltham Sanatorium 5 

Number of Persons X-rayed at Monthly 

Clinics 77 

Inactive TB Patients and Contacts 34 

Trips to Hospitals and Doctors with 

Patients 18 

Total amount of money received from 

calls $530.50 

Total amount of money received from 

Dental Clinic 29.20 



Respectfully submitted, 



$559.70 



EILEEN F. HALE, R. N., 

Town Nurse. 



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REPORT OF THE ACTON PLANNING BOARD 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

The year of 1956 marks the third year that the Planning 
Board has functioned in the Town. 

There were five public hearings held during the year con- 
cerning proposed subdivisions. Two of these subdivisions 
were pending at year end while the following were approved : 

1. Acton Heights, off Pope Pvoad, East Acton 

2. Jenks Realty Co. extensions of Agawam and Seneca 
Roads in West Acton. 

3. Jenks Realty Co. extension of Oneida Road in West 
Acton. 

Public hearings were held to discuss changes to the by-laws 
of the Town. These changes, as proposed by the Planning 
Board, are found in the Annual Meeting Warrant, elsewhere 
in the Town Report. The hearings concerned the following: 

1. A change in the Protective Zoning By-Law concerning 
residential building in a business zone. 

2. A change in the Protective Zoning By-Law concerning 
use of trailers in the Town 

A total of five (5) articles will appear in the Warrant 
which have to do with the rezoning of certaining properties 
in the Town. Public hearings were held to aid the Board in 
arriving at sound recommendations to be made to the Town. 

Five (5) newly completed roads which comply with the 
Planning Board rules and regulations, are to be voted upon 
by the Town at the Annual Meeting. The appropriate articles 
are given in the Warrant. 

The drainage project in West Acton, for which fourteen 
thousand five hundred dollars ($14,500) was appropriated, 
is now about 70% completed. The start of this project was 
delayed until late summer due to the problem of obtaining 
proper easements. An article in the Warrant requests an 
appropriation to complete the second half of this overall 
job. The portion, that has been completed, has resulted in a 
general lowering of the water table in the area. The comple- 
tion of this project will alleviate one of the worst drainage 
problems in the Town. Work is already well underway in 
delineating other areas in the Town that require similar at- 
tention. 

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The official map of the Town has been completed during 
the year. An article to accept this map is presented in the 
Warrant. 

Fire Chief MacGregor brought the problem of similar street 
names to the Board's attention. He was concerned with the 
possible tragedy caused by a misunderstood emergency tele- 
phone message. The Board compiled a list of such names 
and scheduled a public hearing to see what should be done. 
The recommendations of the Board are included in an article 
in the Warrant and include seven (7) street name changes. 

The work with SuAsCo concerning drainage in the Sud- 
bury, Assabet and Concord River watersheds continued. A 
canvass of the entire town to determine water damage was 
carried out by means of letters, questionnaires and business 
reply envelopes. The method received wide publicity within 
various watershed associations over the country. The Soil 
Conservation Service has been processing the various data 
and preliminary engineering surveys are now underway in 
this area. 

A drainage problem in the athletic field area of the new 
regional high school was surveyed by the engineers of the 
Planning Board. The resultant recommendations not only 
solved the immediate problem but they have pointed to a 
general improvement of drainage in that whole area of the 
Town. 

In the interests of improving our Town Government, the 
following recommendations are made: 

1. That 'Tlood Plain Zoning" be considered as part of 
the Protective Zoning By-Law. This zoning technique is 
important when SuAsCo plans are complete, in order to pre- 
serve certain low lying lands as retention areas, for flood 
control. Building, of any sort, would be prohibited in these 
areas, once they were zoned to this classificatioin. 

2. That the Building By-Law be reviewed and revised as 
indicated by a year of usage and experience. 

3. That an Industrial Commission or Committee be set 
up by the Town to determine ways and means of encourag- 
ing desirable industries to settle in the Town. 

4. That a scheduled Tov/n Meeting be planned for Septem- 
ber of each year. This meeting would tend to reduce the 
length of the Warrant for the Annual Meeting. The date 
of this meeting should be announced several months ahead 

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so that the various Boards will be able to do the required 
ground work in time. 

5. That the Town consider the desirability of the com- 
plete revaluation of all real estate. This revaluation should 
permit the town to realize maximum tax benefits without 
creating an unfair tax burden on any individual or group. 
This recommendation, made last year, is an important one. 
It is increasingly apparent that a more equitable taxing basis 
be used before the required revenue can be obtained. 

6. That the Annual Election of Town Officers be held 
the last Monday in March. 

The Planning Board would like to thank all Boards and 
Committees for their excellent co-operation during the year. 

Respectfully submitted ; 

CHARLES J. FARLEY, 

H. W. FLOOD, 

AUBREY KRETSCHMAR, JR. 

RICHARD GALLANT, 

FREDERICK WHITCOMB. 



REPORT OF 

THE CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 

FOR THE YEAR 1956 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

We hereby submit the following report for the year ending 
December 31, 1956. 

The account of the Town Treasurer shows that during the 
past year the Cemetery Department has received and paid 
into the treasury the sum of $2,648.26 which can be found 
itemized in the Treasurer's report. Also in the Town Col- 
lector's report you will find the sum of S537.50 collected for 
the annual care of lots, which is credited to the Cemeterj^ 
Department receipts. 

There has been added to the Perpetual Care account the 
past year, in new and additional accounts, the sum of 
$2,975.00. This means that from these three accounts, the 

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Department has received and turned over to the Town Treas- 
urer the sum of $6,160.76 for the year. 

At the Special Town Meeting of October 1, 1956, the 
voters of the Town approved the use of a certain area of 
the new section of Woodlawn Cemetery for burial purposes. 
This section has been laid out into lots and is now being used 
for burial purposes. 

We have submitted three articles for the Annual Town 
Meeting for March 11, 1957. All three of these articles deal 
with legacies and we recommend the approval of them. 

Respectfully submitted, 

RAY L. HARRIS, 
HOWARD F. JONES, 
HARRY E. HOLT, 
Cemetery Commissioners. 



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REPORT OF CIVIL DEFENSE AGENCY 

Board of Selectmen 
Town of Acton 
Acton, Mass. 
Gentlemen : 

During the past year the activity in the Acton Civil De- 
fense Agency has been confined to attendance at conferences 

with State and Regional officials and further efforts to main- 
tain our organization. We participated in the nationwide 
emergency exercises held during the month of July on a stand- 
by basis. 

We are particularly fortunate in having a chemical section, 
headed by John Moore. Experience has shown that we are 
one of the few towns having such a group completely 
equipped and organized. The section has the responsibility 
of seeking out areas contaminated by nuclear fall-out and 
decontaminating them. 

Mr. Harris, our Water Department Superintendent, has 
volunteered his services and has been appointed Chief of the 
Warden Service. It is hoped that more persons will volunteer 
as wardens, since we are still weak in this section. Since 

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we are an evacuation area in the general civil defense 
plan, the warden service is one of our most important groups. 
It is hoped that more persons will volunteer their services 
and allow Mr. Harris to build up his section. 

It is expected that during the next year we will be called 
upon to take a more active part in state and nationwide exer- 
cises. It is hoped that our organization can be expanded to 
enable us to do our part. In this way we can be sure that 
we can handle any emergency that may arise, whether it is 
an act of war or major flood or fire. 

Very truly yours, 

HARRY L. STIEGLER, 
Director. 



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REPORT OF THE TREE WARDEN 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1956. The 
Department removed the low hanging limbs along Main Street 
and Central Street. Several large trees were removed be- 
cause of structural weakness. 

This year 45 trees were planted along town ways. 

The Poison Ivy around the town buildings and school 
grounds was sprayed with Brushkiller. The roadsides were 
sprayed where Poison Ivy was present. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRANKLIN H. CHARTER, 

Tree Warden. 



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REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE 
GOODNOW FUND 

For the Year Ending December 31, 1956 

INVESTMENTS 

Charlestown Savings Bank $465.54 

Concord Co-Operative Bank 3,000.00 

$3,465.54 

RECEIPTS 

Charlestown Savings Bank $13.96 

Concord Co-Operative Bank 90.00 

$103.96 

EXPENDITURES 
Treasurer of the Evangelical Church 

in Acton $45.00 

Cash on hand December 31, 1956 58.96 

$103.96 

THELMA L. BOATMAN, 
ROY H. LINSCOTT, 
FRANK E. GREENOUGH, 
Trustees of Goodnow Fund. 



REPORT OF THE 

TRUSTEES OF THE ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 

For the Year Ending December 31, 1956 

The Trustees of this fund have signed orders to the Town 
Treasurer for the sum of eight hundred thirty-five dollars 
($835.00). 

The Town has lost a faithful friend through the recent 
death of Miss Clara Sawyer who was one of the original 
Trustees of this fund. The Board of Selectmen appointed 
Mrs. Charles Vose to fill the vacancy temporarily. 

Respectfully submitted, 

HELEN B. WOOD, 
HAZEL P. VOSE, 
THELMA M. BLOOD, 

Trustees. 

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ANNUAL REPORT 

OF THE 

SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 

AND 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH 
REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 




MASSACHUSETTS 



FOR THE MUNICIPAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST 



1956 



URPHY a SNYDER, INC - MAYNARD. MASS. 



REPORT OF 
ACTON SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 

ORGANIZATION 

Acton School Committee 

Mr. Edmond J. McNiff, Chairman Term Expires 1957 

Mr. George E. Neagle, Secretary Term Expires 1958 

Mr. DanaB. Hinckley Term Expires 1957 

Mr. Lloyd E. Williamson Term Expires 1957 

Mrs. Evelyn N. MacLean Term Expires 1959 

Mr. Thomas E. Wetherbee Term Expires 1959 

Meetings of the School Committee 

Regular meetings are held the second Monday of each 
month in the Julia L. McCarthy Primary School at 7:30 P. M. 



Tel. 

Superintendent of Schools, William L. O'Connell 3-4181 

School Physician, Paul P. Gates, M. D 3-5671 

School Nurse, Mrs. Eileen Hale, R. N 3-4393 

School Secretaries, Mrs. Priscilla Felt | o A-to-t 

Miss Bette Putnam \ 

Attendance Officer, Louis Leveroni 3-4181 

Principals : 

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, 

Raymond J. Grey 3-4181 

Julia L. McCarthy Primary School, 

Mrs. Margaret Barrett 3-4982 

Center School, Mrs. Dardana Berry 3-5233 

West School, Mrs. Carolyn Douglas 3-5642 

South School, Miss Florence Merriam 3-4274 

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SCHOOL CALENDAR 

Reopening of Schools, January 2, 1957 

Winter Recess, February 18-22 

Spring Recess, April 15-19 

Memorial Day, May 30 

Close of School, Grades 1-6, Acton Public Schools, June 14 

Graduation, June 14 

Close of School, Grades 7 and 8, Acton-Boxborough Regional 

High School, June 14 
Close of School, Grades 9-12, Acton-Boxborough Regional High 

School, June 19 

Summer Recess 

Teachers' Meetings, September 3 

Reopening of All Schools, September 4 

Visiting Day (Convention or Workshop), October 25 

Veterans' Day, November 12 

Thanksgiving Recess, Noon November 27, 28, 29 

Christmas Hohdays, December 23 to January 3, 1958 

Reopening of All Schools, January 6, 1958 

Winter Recess, February 24-28 

Spring Recess, April 21-25 

Memorial Day, May 30 

Close of Acton Elementary Schools, Grades 1-6, June 13 

Close of School, Grades 7 and 8, Acton-Boxborough Regional 

High School, June 13 
Close of School, Grades 9-12, Acton-Boxborough Regional High 

School, June 20 

No School Signal 

1-1-1-1 7:15 A.M. No School Acton Public Schools — 

Grades 1-6 

2-2-2-2 7 A. M. No School All Schools All Day 



ACTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE REPORT 

1956 

The School Committee, in accordance with the law, re- 
spectfully submits its report for the year 1956. 

We believe one of our outstanding features has been the 
cooperation we have received from our staff. At this time 
we wish to thank them one and all. 

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On August 22, we received the resignation of Frank 
Stevens from the committee to be effective September 1. Mr. 
Stevens moved to Lincoln, Massachusetts. 

The School Committee held a joint meeting with the Board 
of Selectmen on September 11, 1956 and elected Lloyd 
Williamson of West Acton to fill the vacancy. 

The Regional School Committee has worked in close rela- 
tion with this committee and has helped greatly in trying 
to provide the best for Acton students at both elementary 
and high school levels. 

This committee has revised its salary schedule twice during 
the school year. We believe we are now up to date with 
other good systems. The salary schedule must be kept in 
sight at all times in order to attract and retain the best 
in the teaching profession. 

This committee, along with former ones, has been en- 
deavoring to close the village schools. The Town this year 
will hold the answer as the Elementary School Building 
Committee will have an article in the Annual Town Warrant 
to build a new elementary school (See report of Special 
School Building Committee.) The decision is yours, the 
taxpayers, to make. 

This committee has emphasized that we meet not just the 
minimum requirements in education, but to do our utmost 
to provide the very best in education for the boys and girls 
of Acton. 

The satisfactions of this committee are many, not in 
money or personal advantages but in loyalty to public edu- 
cation and knowing we are affecting lives of succeeding gen- 
erations. Our most precious resources are in today's youth. 

ACTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

EDMOND J. McNIFF, Chairman 
GEORGE E. NEAGLE, Secretary, 
DANA B. HINCKLEY 
MRS. EVELYN MacLEAN 
THOMAS E. WETHERBEE 
LLOYD E. WILLIAMSON 



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REPORT OF 
THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 

To the School Committee and Citizens of Acton: 

Herewith is presented my third report as Superintendent 
of Schools for Acton: 

School Finances 1956 

Received — To the Credit of Public Schools 

State Aid for Transportation (Costs above $5 a 

pupil for transportation over II/2 miles) $3,656.10 

State Aid for Public Schools (approximately 

$1,325 per teacher) 65,579.01 

Federal Aid 2,805.99 

Education of Handicapped (I/2 cost teacher's 

salary, plus $500 above that of reg. teacher) 2,321.12 
Tuition — Commonwealth of Massachusetts and 

City of Boston Wards 2,289.82 

Tuition — Town of Boxborough 5,604.48 

Tuition and Transportation — Town of Westford 758.10 

Miscellaneous Collections at the High School 103.26 

Total '. $83,117.88 

Net Cost of Operating Schools 

Appropriated, March, 1956: 

Regional School District $69,153.49 

Acton Public Schools 223,445.00 

$292,598.49 

Total Amount Expended $269,923.35 

Received to Credit of Schools (explanation above) $83,117.88 

NET AMOUNT FROM LOCAL TAXES $186,805.47 

Less: Cost of New Equipment (Capital Outlay) .... $1,116.13 

NET COST OF OPERATION FROM LOCAL 

TAXES $185,689.34 

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Expended for Operation in 1956 

High Elementary Total 

Instruction $51,674.26 $102,020.85 $153,695.11 

Books and Supplies 749.97 5,310.79 6,060.76 

Plant Operation 9,282.19 18,244.71 27,526.90 

Plant Maintenance 608.17 1,412.03 2,020.20 

Auxiliary Agencies 5,859.88 9,524.58 15,384.46 

General Control 2,548.91 5,982.72 8,531.63 

Regional High School: 

87.8% of $63,312.35 55,588.24 55,588.24 

Gross Cost of Operation $126,311.62 $142,495.68 $268,807.30 

Gross Cost per high 

school pupil (375)* $336.83 

Gross Cost per elementary 

school pupil (661) $215.58 

Gross Cost per pupil (1036) $259.47 

Gross Cost of Operation 

(as above) $126,311.62 $142,495.68 $268,807.30 

Less Receipts 42,913.23 40,204.65 83,117.88 

Net Cost of Operation $83,398.39 $102,291.03 $185,689.42 

Net Cost per high 

school pupil (375) $222.40 

Net Cost per elementary 

school pupil (661) $154.75 

Net Cost per pupil (1036) $179.24 

* Does not include Boxborough students 



1957 ACTON SCHOOL DEPARTMENT BUDGET 

Total appropriation recommended by 

the School Committee $183,816.00 

Estimate of School Aid and other state 

or federal reimbursement $46,200.00 

Estimate of other non-tax receipts for 

school support 1,311.00 

Total non-local tax receipts for school 

support $47,511.00 

Amount to be raised by local taxation 

for Acton Pubhc Schools support $136,305.00 

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Estimated Receipts for 1957 

STATE AND FEDERAL AID 

General School Fund $35,500.00 

(approximately $1,325 per teacher) 

Federal Aid 5,000.00 

Transportation 3,200.00 

(Transp. of pupils over IVo miles) 

Education of Handicapped 2,500.00 

(1/2 cost of teacher's salary, plus 
$500 above that of reg. teacher) 

TOTAL STATE AND FEDERAL AID $46,200.00 

TUITION 

Town of Westford $411.00 

City of Boston, Commonwealth of Mass. 900.00 

TOTAL TUITION PAYMENTS $1,311.00 



ACTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 
^ Proposed Budget for 1957 
January 1 - December 31, 1957 

Salaries 

Present Faculty, 30 Members $119,407.00 

Additional Needs — six teachers 8,640.00 

Substitutes 1,000.00 

Summer Programs 500.00 

Elementary School Secretary 1,200.00 

Miscellaneous 300.00 

Total Salaries $131,047.00 

Books and Supplies 

Julia L. McCarthy School $1,466.00 

Center Elementary School 433.00 

South Elementary School 685.00 

West Elementary School 1,005.00 

Opportunity Class 300.00 

Audio-Visual Aids 100.00 

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Guidance 175.00 

Music 100.00 

Physical Education 200.00 

Remedial Reading 100.00 

Miscellaneous 700.00 

Total Books and Supplies $5,264.00 

Operation of Plant 

Custodians $14,100.00 

Fuel 4,800.00 

Supplies 500.00 

Water 300.00 

Gas 300.00 

Light-Power 1,800.00 

Telephones 400.00 

Rent 1,080.00 

Plowing 50.00 

Miscellaneous 200.00 

Total Operation of Plant $23,530.00 

Maintenance of Plants 

Replacement of Shades, present high » 

school $375.00 

Ventilation System, present high school 500.00 

Miscellaneous 2,500.00 

Total Maintenance of Plants $3,375.00 

Auxiliary Agencies 

Libraries $200.00 

Promotion of Health, School Physician 300.00 

School Nurse .... 700.00 

Health Supplies 100.00 

Printing and Advertising 25.00 

Transportation 10,600.00 

Miscellaneous 200.00 

Total Auxiliary Agencies $12,125.00 

General Control 

Administrative Salaries $5,600.00 

Attendance Officer 50.00 

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Conference Attendance by Superin- 
tendent 150.00 

Stationery - Postage 150.00 

School Committee 125.00 

Miscellaneous 500.00 

Total General Control $6,575.00 

CAPITAL OUTLAY $1,500.00 

CONTINGENCY FUND $400.00 

Summary 

Salaries $131,047.00 

Books and Supplies 5,264.00 

Operation of Plants 23,530.00 

Maintenance of Plants 3,375.00 

Auxiliary Agencies 12,125.00 

General Control 6,575.00 

Capital Outlay 1,500.00 

Contingency Fund 400.00 

TOTAL $183,816.00 

Housing 

When the Acton schools reopened in September, 1956, it was 
necessary to rent another classroom. The Trustees of the 
West Acton Baptist Church were kind enough to allow us 
to use one of the rooms in the new addition to the church 
for a fourth grade. This meant that we had three rented 
classrooms in the system, since we previously had a third 
grade housed in the Acton Center Firehouse and another third 
grade occupying the American Legion Hall in South Acton. 
This will be eliminated in September, 1957, as at that time the 
present Acton High School will be converted into an ele- 
mentary school. 

At the present time there is an Acton Building Committee 
which is meeting weekly to complete plans for a twenty-room 
elementary school. This committee is under the chairmanship 
of Norman Mcintosh — other members are : Ormal Laffin, 
Lloyd Priest, Edmond McNiff and Walter Stevens. A per- 
manent Building Committee has been appointed by the Select- 
men and will work closely with the School Building Com- 
mittee. A full report covering the progress of this committee 
will be submitted by Mr. Norman Mcintosh. 

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In September, 1956, also, there was a period of transition 
as the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School started to 
operate in the present high school building. The regional 
high school covers grades seven through twelve. A full 
report by Mr. Raymond Grey, Principal, will follow. The 
members of the Regional School Committee are : Mr. Joseph 
Hartshorn, Boxborough, Chairman, Mr. Thomas Wetherbee 
and Mr. George Neagle representing Acton. 

The local school committee members are: Mr. Edmond 
McNiff , Chairman ; Mr. George Neagle, Secretary ; Mr. Thomas 
Wetherbee; Mrs. Evelyn MacLean; Mr. Dana Hinckley and 
Mr. Lloyd Williamson. Their duties are now to operate the 
Acton Elementary Schools, grades 1-6. 

Enrollment 

The 1956 school census was taken by the Acton-Boxborough 
Regional High School Senior Class and showed a marked 
increase over the 1955 census, especially in the entering first 
grades for the next six years. The latest census shows that 
we will have 117 entering our first grade in 1957, 133 in 
1958, 153 in 1959, 156 in 1960, 143 in 1961 and 123 (through 
October 15, 1956) in 1962. These figures show the need 
for additional classrooms and teachers as the large popula- 
tions advance in our school system. As of October 1, 1956 
our total school population was 1088. This shows an increase 
of close to 100 children in our school system since the close 
of school in June 1956. The local elementary schools had 623 
pupils and the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School had 
419 boys and girls. From our enrollment figures this trend 
will continue over the next five or six years and it can be 
readily seen that additional classrooms will be needed in 
the near future. 

Instruction 

Since the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School was to 
begin operation in September 1956, it was necessary to hire 
additional teachers because of the increased enrollment and 
also because of new subjects in the curriculum. Since some 
of our teachers resigned it was necessary to replace them. 

The following teachers resigned from the Acton School Sys- 
tem during the year 1956: Mr. Maurice Nolan, to accept 
a position in his home town of Swampscott; Miss Florence 
McDuffie, to accept a position in her home town of North 
Andover; Mr. John Winton, to accept a position in the Con- 

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cord Public School System; Mrs. Evelyn Valpey; Mrs. Doris 
Santamour, to accompany her husband to St. Paul, Minne- 
sota; Miss Alice Phillips; Mrs. Gail Spiegelman, to accompany 
her husband to Paris, France. Mr. Arthur Gulla, who was 
on military leave, rejoined the Acton-Boxborough Regional 
School District for the start of the school year. Mr. James 
Dadoly is still on military leave from his teaching duties 
at the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. 

The Acton-Boxborough Regional District Committee and 
the Acton School Committee held a series of meetings and 
worked many hours to set up a salary schedule to attract 
and hold good teachers. The salary schedule effective Sep- 
tember 1957 is as follows: BA or BS degree, starting salary 
$3,300, maximum $5,300; MA degree, starting salary $3,600, 
maximum $5,600. Both committees felt it was necessary to 
increase the salary schedule as the State minimum now is 
$3,000, and most surrounding towns have increased their 
starting salaries over the State minimum. The committee 
further feels that if we are competing with towns such as 
Groton, Bedford, Weston, Wayland, Concord, and Lincoln, 
our schedule should be on a par with these towns. The 
Acton School Committee and the Acton-Boxborough Regional 
District School Com.mittee are members of the Massachusetts 
Association of School Committees and NESDEC (New Eng- 
land School Development Council). 

The following teachers have taken courses in their own 
subject fields during the year 1956: Mrs. Margaret Barrett, 
Miss Phyllis Morse, Miss Patricia Morse, Mrs. Helen deCoste, 
Mrs. Celina MacLean, Mrs. Alice O'Hearn, Mrs. June 
Mahoney, Miss Maurine Berry, Miss Jean Duffy, Mrs. Carolyn 
Bird, Miss Ruth Proctor, Miss Joan Capitell, Mr. Robert 
Sullivan, Mr. William Lubold, Mr. Jon Thunberg, Mrs. Helen 
Detsch, Mr. Arthur Hayes, and Mrs. Edith Hatch. 

New Faculty Members 

Miss Patricia Morse Grade HI 

Miss Katherine Lester Grade V 

Mrs. Walter M. Bird, Jr Grave VI 

Miss Mary Green Junior High Home Economics 

Miss Janice Turcotte Junior High Art 

Mr. Ernest Mandeville Junior High Industrial Arts 

Mrs. Dorothy Ferry Junior High English 

Mr. Anthony Pappas Junior High Science 

Mr. Irving Schwartz High School Enghsh 

Mr. Henry Wall High School Business 

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Miss Helen Daily High School Latin and English 

Mr. Edward James Physical Education 

Mr. Jon Thunberg High School Science 

Mr. Charles Battit High School Science 

Arthur D. Little Plan 

Arrangements were made with the Arthur D. Little Com- 
pany to have two teachers employed both by the Acton- 
Boxborough Regional School District and Arthur D. Little, 
Inc. In this plan one teaches in the classroom from Septem- 
ber through January while the other is employed at Arthur 
D. Little. At the end of January, or after the mid-year 
term, the positions are reversed, the first science instructor 
going to Arthur D. Little and his replacement to the regional 
school. Under this program it is possible to bring the 
latest in the field of science into the classroom. This is a 
three year program and both men are employed by Arthur 
D. Little during the entire summer and any courses they 
wish to take are paid for by the company. Two other schools 
operating under this plan are Lexington High School in the 
field of biology, and Newton High School in the field of 
mathematics. In recent weeks Raytheon Manufacturing 
Company has made arrangements to work a similar plan in 
September of 1957 with Bedford, Weston and Wayland High 
Schools. 

Revision of Elementary School Curriculum 

Since September 1956 a group of nineteen teachers has 
been meeting regularly with the Superintendent of Schools 
to revise and improve the elementary school curriculum. All 
fields in the elementary curriculum are being studied and they 
include language arts (spelling, reading, English), mathe- 
matics, social studies (history, geography), handwriting, 
music, physical education, art, and science. It is hoped 
that this study will be completed by September 1957. 

Scholarships 

The following scholarships are awarded at graduation 
exercises in June: 

Acton High School $1,000.00 

Acton Teachers' Association 200.00 

Acton Parent-Teachers' Association 200.00 

Acton Center Woman's Club 100.00 

West Acton Woman's Club 100.00 

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Rotary Club of Maynard 100.00 

Julia L. McCarthy 100.00 

Plant Operation and Maintenance 

September 1956 marked the fourth year of the half-session 
day. The high school schedule was from 7:55 A.M. to 12:17 
P. M. and the junior high school was from 12:17 P. M. to 4:45 
P. M. However, Mr. Leveroni and Mr. Garth e have been able to 
keep the high school in remarkable condition by working 
many extra hours. Since the building was in continuous 
operation from approximately 7:30 in the morning until 
5:00 at night and Blanchard Hall used as a study hall in 
the morning and a homeroom in the afternoon, they had to 
make many working adjustments in their schedule to keep 
this building in the excellent shape it now is. All the jani- 
tors in the elementary schools have w^orked diligently and 
conscientiously to keep these buildings clean and attractive. 
Blanchard Auditorium has been used by many organizations 
and groups during the past year. This building has been 
kept in A-1 condition by Mr. Emery Nelson. 

AuxlKary Agencies 

The transportation item in the 1957 budget has been in- 
creased as we are still operating on a two-session day and 
the enrollment has increased by over 100 pupils since the 
close of school in June 1956. With the large number of 
pupils riding to and from school, Mr. Laffin and his bus 
drivers deserve a great deal of credit for their cooperation 
and outstanding safety record. 

Cafeteria 

The two school committees have elected Mrs. Anne Rim- 
bach as Director of the cafeterias in both the regional and 
local schools. Because of the increased number of children 
purchasing hot lunches, two additions have been made to 
the cafeteria staff. They are: Mrs. David Worrall of West 
Acton and Mrs. Paul Cobleigh of Boxborough. These women, 
together with Mrs. Lawrence Tucker, Mrs. Cleon Phelps and 
Mrs. Howard Staples, have offered excellent meals to the 
children in the schools. 

Mrs. Otto Pasanen 

The entire school family was saddened by the death of 
Mrs. Otto Pasanen in February 1956. She had been very 
active in school affairs and was a member of the cafeteria staff 
at the time of her death. She will always be remembered 

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as a very cooperative and hardworking person in anything 
that she volunteered her services. 

Mrs. Carrie Wells 

Mrs. Carrie Wells, former Principal of the West Acton 
Elementary School and resident of Prospect Street, South 
Action, passed away November 21, 1956. Mrs. Wells was 
appointed to the Acton Public Schools faculty in 1943 and 
retired from the Acton School System in June, 1950. 

Reading Program 

Mrs. Betty Keeton was elected to fill the .vacancy created 
by the resignation of Mrs. Doris Santamour in the Remedial 
Reading Program. Mrs. Keeton, who was teaching the third 
grade in Acton Center, has been working at Boston Univer- 
sity for her master's degree in remedial reading. Mrs. Ray- 
mond Hatch is the remedial reading teacher in the Acton- 
Boxborough Regional High School. Both these teachers have 
been working in cooperation with Miss Ruth Proctor, Director 
of Guidance. Miss Proctor has given a reading test to all the 
children in the school system, grades 1-12. Miss Proctor's 
report on guidance follows that of the high school principal. 

In closing I should like to thank the principals, super- 
visors, teachers, school committee, cafeteria staff, school 
physician, school nurse, school secretaries, custodians, stu- 
dents, the press, the many tradesmen and so many of the 
townspeople in Acton who have helped to ease the increasing 
burdens of school problems during the past year. 

I should like to express my appreciation also to the Board 
of Selectmen, the Planning Board, the Building Committee 
and the Board of Health for their cooperation and support 
during 1956, and to Mr. Arnold Mercier, Clerk of the Works, 
for his excellent cooperation and suggestions over the past 
year in the building of the new regional high school. 

The year 1956 did not bring an end to the two-session day, 
but relief is in sight as the new Acton-Boxborough Regional 
High School will be ready for occupancy in 1957. This will 
eliminate the two-session day, but I feel that with the grow- 
ing enrollment, especially at the pre-primary and primary 
school level, a definite plan for additional classrooms will be 
necessary in 1959. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM L. O'CONNELL, 

Superintendent of Schools. 

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REPORT OF THE 
ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL DISTRICT 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE REPORT FOR 1956 

Regional School Committee 

Joseph H. Hartshorn, Chairman Boxborough 

George E. Neagle Acton 

Thomas E. Wetherbee Acton 

Mrs. Priscilla Felt, Secretary-Treasurer 

Regular meetings of the School Committee are held every 
Thursday at the Julia L. McCarthy Primary School at 7:30 P.M. 

Superintendent of Schools William L. O'Connell 

Principal Raymond J. Grey 

Director of Guidance Miss Ruth R. Proctor 

The first full year of the Region got off to an inauspicious 
start with the tremendous cold spell that caused a very 
deep frost layer and effectively halted foundation construction. 
General contracting work was resumed in April and has been 
progressing steadily ever since. Since then the school build- 
ing has come a long way toward completion. Sixty-three 
percent of the work is done, and most of the remaining 
thirty-seven percent is in the interior and in landscaping. 

During the discussion of athletic fields, it was suggested 
that the Region acquire the land at the southeast corner of 
Hayward and Charter Roads for the new school. It was 
known that the land on Charter Road was composed of sand 
and gravel and would require much less money to develop 
than a site at the school, where boulders and sometimes ledge 
were found just below the surface. The land was purchased 
and has since been developed to include baseball and softball 
diamonds, a field hockey area, a soccer field, and an ice- 
skating rink. The price of the athletic field includes tennis 
courts to be placed either at the site of the school or in the 
woods between the school and the new athletic field. The 
new field was seeded, but the committee protested about the 
uneven surface, and it was torn up again. It is doubtful that 
it can be used this spring, but it should be in good condition 
by fall. 

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The discussion of furniture for the entire school occupied 
much of the time of architects, professional school staff, and 
school committee. High quality furniture was chosen for 
appearance, durability, and ease of maintenance throughout 
the years. The finished product will be something to be 
proud of. 

We are one of the few schools in the Commonwealth to 
adopt a plan set up by Arthur D. Little in an attempt to 
get eligible young men in the science departments. Under 
this plan (called the Lexington plan) two teachers instead 
of one will be hired to teach Chemistry, and each will teach 
for half a year. While one teaches, the other will be work- 
ing for Arthur D. Little at a higher salary. At mid-year 
the young men will change jobs. They will both work for 
Arthur D. Little during the summer or be subsidized at some 
University so that they can improve their teaching tech- 
niques. Both young men will be newly graduated from col- 
lege and will take part in the plan for three or four years. 
The two teachers will be paid by the school system at its 
customary salary scale, and by the Little firm at its usual 
rate, making the total income considerably above that for 
beginning teachers. The general purpose of this plan is to 
increase the supply of highly qualified high school science 
teachers. 

After an amendment was made to the original Regional 
Agreement, two separate transportation contracts were made 
with Ormal Laffin for Acton students and John N. Davidson 
for Boxborough students. By separating the contracts in 
this manner it is possible for Boxborough, whose students 
all live more than a mile and a half from the school, to be 
completely reimbursed by the Commonwealth for the cost 
of transportation. 

Mrs. Anne Rimbach has been hired as Cafeteria Manager 
for the Acton School System and for the Regional School. 
She will have charge of two cafeterias, one in the Julia L. 
McCarthy Primary School that will serve the primary grades 
and one in the new school that will serve grades seven 
through twelve. 

The second sale of school bonds was carried out on Decem- 
ber 10, and $300,000 in School Bonds was sold at an interest 
rate of 100.506 and 3.40%. We are disappointed at the 
percentage rate, but are fortunate that it was no higher. 
Some of the offers ran to 3.90%. 

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The Regional School Committee wishes to thank the edu- 
cational staff of the school and all those citizens of the two 
towns who have helped in planning, building, equipping, and 
otherwise aiding in bringing better education to the children 
of Acton and Boxborough. 

JOSEPH H. HARTSHORN, Chairman, 
GEORGE E. NEAGLE, 
THOMAS E. WETHERBEE, 
The Acton-Boxborough Regional 
District School Committee. 



ACTON-BOXBOROUGH 
REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

Treasurer's Report 

December 31, 1956 

Balance, December 31, 1955 $1,205,068.23 

Receipts, 1956: 

Town of Acton $127,198.49 

Town of Boxborough 12,664.03 

School Planning Reimbursement 69,972.22 

State Aid for Construction 48,509.35 

Bond Issue 300,000.00 

Interest Earned 15,154.49 

Bond Premium 1,518.00 

Total Receipts $575,016.58 



Total $1,780,084.81 

Disbursements, 1956 

Maintenance and Operation: 

General Control $4,450.67 

Expenses of Instruction 50,011.90 

Operation of Plant 2,761.26 

Maintenance of Plant 130.38 

Auxiliary Agencies 232.74 

Cost of Transportation 5,600.00 

Miscellaneous 125.40 

School Construction 925,717.58 

Payment on Principal 65,000.00 

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Interest on Bonds 35,100.00 

Cost of Bond Issue 3,356.51 



Total Disbursements, 1956 .... $1,092,486.44 



Balance, December 31, 1956 $687,598.37 

PRISCILLA FELT, 
District Treasurer. 



ACTON-BOXBOROUGH 
REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

Proposed Budget for 1957 
January 1 - December 31, 1957 

General Control 

School Committee Expenses .. $110.00 

Administrative Salaries 6,500.00 

Supervisor of Attendance 50.00 

Stationery and Postage 200.00 

Conference Attendance by 

Superintendent 150.00 

School Census 200.00 

Magazines, Books, Dues 50.00 

Bonding Treasurer 250.00 

State Audit 130.00 

Miscellaneous 500.00 

TOTAL GENERAL CONTROL $8,140.00 

Expenses of Instruction 

Present Faculty, 33 members $131,780.00 
Additional needs — librarian, 

two teachers 7,700.00 

Substitutes 2,200.00 

Military Service Fund 100.00 

Miscellaneous 500.00 

Total Salaries $142,280.00 

Textbooks 

English $369.80 

Mathematics 104.80 

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Science 

Social Studies 

Languages 

Business 

Orientation and Occupations .. 

Guidance 

Music 

Shop 

Home Economics 

Miscellaneous 

Total Textbooks 

Instructional Supplies (Specific) 

Science $200.00 

Remedial Reading .... 50.00 

Guidance 200.00 

Music 150.00 

Art 600.00 

Shop 300.00 

Home Economics .... 500.00 

Physical Education .. 1,000.00 

Audio- Visual Aids .. 100.00 



Total Supplies (Spe- 
cific) 

Instructional Sup- 
plies (General) 



78.50 
157.00 

92.00 
158.00 
113.75 
125.15 
150.00 
150.00 
200.00 
500.00 



$3,100.00 
$1,500.00 



$2,199.00 



TOTAL EXPENSES OF 
INSTRUCTION 

Operation of Plant 

Custodians $5,000.00 

Fuel 3,000.00 

Light 4,500.00 

Gas 340.00 

Telephone 600.00 

Plowing 100.00 

Supphes 2,000.00 

Water 200.00 

Insurance 2,500.00 

Miscellaneous 500.00 



Total Operation of Plant . 

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$149,079.00 



$18,740.00 



Maintenance of Plant 

Typewriter Repairs $200.00 

Miscellaneous 300.00 

Total Maintenance of Plant $500.00 

Auxiliary Agencies 

School Physician $300.00 

School Nurse 700.00 

Health Supplies 100.00 

Library 100.00 

Insurance 80.00 

Graduation 175.00 

Printing and Advertising 50.00 

Miscellaneous 300.00 

Total Auxiliary Agencies .... $1,805.00 

Outlay 

Miscellaneous $200.00 

Cost of Transportation $20,250.00 

Miscellaneous $200.00 

Summary 

GENERAL CONTROL $8,140.00 

EXPENSES OF INSTRUC- 
TION 149,079.00 

OPERATION OF PLANT .. 18,740.00 

MAINTENANCE OF PLANT 500.00 

AUXILIARY AGENCIES .. 1,805.00 

OUTLAY 200.00 

COST OF TRANSPORTA- 
TION 20,250.00 

MISCELLANEOUS 200.00 

Gross Operating Budget $198,914.00 

Less (1) 1955 Operating 

Surplus $1,476.95 

(2) State Aid, in part 17,000.00 

-$18,476.95 
Net Operating Budget .... $180,437.05 

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Capital Budget 

Interest on Bonds $43,545.00 

Principal $80,000.00 

Less (1) Transfer from 



Available Funds .. $16,000.00 
(2) State Aid 48,000.00 



.$64,000.00 

$16,000.00 



Total — Operating and 

Capital Budgets $239,982.05 



APPORTIONMENT OF THE CHARGES TO BE ASSESSED 
AGAINST THE TOWNS OF ACTON AND BOXBOROUGH 

Acton 

♦Operating Expenses, 87.8% of 

$161,19,7.45** $141,531.36 

Cost of Transportation 14,250.00 

Capital Expenses, 95% of 

$59,545.00 56,567.75 

Total Acton's Share $212,349.11 

Boxborough 

♦Operating Expenses, 12.2% of 

$161,197.45** $19,666.09 

Cost of Transportation 4,989.60 

Capital Expenses, 5% of 

$59,545.00 2,977.25 

Total Boxborough's Share .... $27,632.94 

Total $239,982.05 

* Acton Student Enrollment 10/1/1956 375 

Boxborough Student Enrollment 10/1/1956 52 

427 

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**Net Operating Budget $180,437.05 

Less: Combined Acton and Box- 
borough Cost of Trans- 
portation -19,239.60 



$161,197.45 



REPORT OF 
THE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL 

The Acton-Boxborough Regional High School started in 
September, 1956. Since the new school was not ready we 
are operating in the high school building and all available 
space is being utilized. It is necessary to use the auditorium 
as a homeroom for the seventh and eighth grades and as a 
study hall for grades nine through twelve. It was also 
found advisable to use the Principal and Guidance Office as 
a classroom. Our enrollment in September was as follows: 

Grade 7 93 

Grade 8 98 

Grade 9 75 

Grade 10 65 

Grade 11 53 

Grade 12 41 

Total 425 

This was an increase of 41 pupils over last year's enroll- 
ment of 384. 

In order to make the transfer to the nev/ school a simple 
one every effort was made to offer the subjects which would 
be in the curriculum once w^e were in our new school. We 
feel that it is the duty of a school administration to review 
constantly its existing cun-iculum with this thought in mind : 
Are we serving the best interests of our pupils? Keeping 
the above in mind we felt that we should make some changes 
and they are as follows: In order to give our college bound 
students better preparation we included Latin I and II and 
added sections of Algebra I, II and Geometry. We also made 
some changes in our Advance Mathematics course for this 
course is for Seniors and must prepare them for College 
Mathematics. A new textbook ''Introductory College Mathe- 
matics" was purchased and the students cover Trigonometry, 

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Geometry, Algebra and some Calculus. We feel that by 
these changes they will be better prepared for College Board 
Examinations and for the first year mathematics in college. 
We have improved our Social Studies offerings by including 
Problems of Democracy, Ancient History and International 
Relations. Two general mathematics courses are available 
for students who do not intend to go to college. 

Our minimum requirements for grades nine through twelve 
are: Four years of English, Four years of Physical Educa- 
tion, Three years of Social Studies (of which one must be 
U. S. History), Two years of Science, Two years of Mathe- 
matics. Pupils must take at least four prepared subjects 
each year and those who are capable of carrying five pre- 
pared subjects will be encouraged to do so. 

We have been using the unit examination system for four- 
teen months and we feel that this system is justifying itself. 
Our students have become more serious in their approach 
to school work and it has helped us in our objective of turn- 
ing out good students. 

Although we are on a two-platoon system we have endeav- 
ored to maintain as many extra-curricular activities as pos- 
sible in the high school. The National Honor Society is in 
charge of all assemblies and the Student Council supervises 
class elections. Good Government Day elections, and in con- 
junction with the National Honor Society issued a new school 
paper called the ''Colonial Crier." This paper is a printed 
one and was enthusiastically received by the student body. 
All classes are running dances, suppers, paper drives, and 
other fund raising activities which they hope will give them 
enough money by their senior year to get to Washington, D.C. 
All these activities have the tendency to boost school spirit 
and most certainly to teach them to work together towards 
a common goal. 

In athletics our girls and boys are members of the Wachu- 
sett Intersdiolastic League and made creditable records 
last year. The girls' basketball team won 24 and lost 2. 
They captured the Eastern Division Championship and won 
the title by defeating Templeton High School, the Western 
Division leaders. After this they went on to win the Ashby 
Girls' Tournament. Our high school also competes in soccer, 
field hockey, softball, and baseball. On the seventh and eighth 
grade level we have basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, 
field hockey, all on an intramural basis. The Junior High 
students enjoy these intramurals and we fmd that in basket- 

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ball we have 68% of the student body participating. This is 
remarkable because the students participate on their own 
time in the morning and must furnish their own transporta- 
tion. The school administration is very satisfied with the 
entire athletic program for we feel that our teams are good 
representatives of the Acton-Boxborough Regional High 
School. 

At this time we are eagerly looking forward to entering 
the new school for we are able to visualize what we will 
be able to offer the youngsters of Acton and Boxborough 
in these new facilities. We think of the Home Economics, 
Art, Industrial Arts areas, of the Auditorium, Library, and 
certainly the most adequate Chemistry and Physics Labora- 
tories. Therefore, many hours of planning are being utilized to 
assure that we are ready to make full use of the new quarters. 
The problems we have faced in the last two years will cer- 
tainly stand us in good stead to meet any future problems. 

It is a pleasure to commend all our teachers on their splen- 
did cooperation and to extend my sincere thanks to the 
students for their cooperation and understanding. I should 
also like to express my deepest appreciation to the School 
Committee and to Mr. O'Connell for their continuing interest 
and support. 

Respectfully submitted, 

RAYMOND J. GREY, 

Principal. 



REPORT OF 
THE DIRECTOR OF GUIDANCE 

At this time educators and townspeople locally, like others 
nationwide, are faced almost daily with newspaper and maga- 
zine articles and radio and television broadcasts which point 
out major educational problems, such as the need for bigger 
and better school facilities, the necessity for evaluation of 
public school curricula, the demand for adequately trained 
workers for skilled jobs, the rising costs of advanced educa- 
tion with the resultant need for more scholarships, and the 
increasingly competitive situation of college entrance. It 
is the responsibility of all ''school people" to work with 
parents and community leaders toward the solution of these 
large issues, but concurrently it is the particular obligation 

171 



of guidance personnel, with the aid of school administrators, 
teachers, and parents to provide insofar as possible for the 
optimal adjustment of each individual student to the existing 
school situation and for his growth in the direction best 
suited for his abilities and interests. 

Guidance services, aimed at meeting the needs of the 
individual, cannot be isolated from the total educational pro- 
gram, nor can one guidance activity be separated from the 
others, for they are all interdependent. However, it may be 
permissible in this report to emphasize one area, namely 
educational placement. 

Youngsters entering grade seven of the Acton-Boxborough 
Regional High School come from small village schools where 
placement has been a purely geographical matter. In order 
to facilitate adjustment to the larger, more formal organiza- 
tion and prior to trying *'to place each child in an educational 
setting which will give him the best opportunity to achieve 
an optimum, well-rounded growth," guidance personnel de- 
vote considerable time to the study of cumulative records 
and to conferences with elementary school teachers. They 
make an effort also to achieve at least a slight personal ac- 
quaintance with incoming students by conducting discussion 
meetings with sixth graders in the village schools. Place- 
ment, then, is the result not of the simple "stacking up" of 
IQ's, but rather of the analysis of several factors, namely, 
(1) achievement as evaluated by teachers throughout the 
elementary grades (2) achievement as shown by standard- 
ized test results, especially those in the sixth grade (3) schol- 
astic aptitude as revealed by two or three different tests, 
and (4) character, motivation, adaptability, and health as 
observed by previous teachers. It is felt that one advantage 
of this system is that the grouping is not static. Though 
fewer changes are made during the seventh grade than be- 
tween the seventh and eighth grades and thereafter, con- 
tinual observation, frequent discussions in faculty meetings, 
and counseling sessions help to bring attention to individual 
differences in development which may indicate that certain 
students might be better suited in other groups. 

Through grade eight all students continue to take the 
same school subjects, but by the end of that year every 
individual must have essayed to make, with the aid of group 
discussions and personal interviews with his counselor at 
school and thoughtful consideration with parents at home, 
a sufficiently realistic analysis of his potentialities so that 

172 



he may choose from the more flexible curriculum of grades 
nine -twelve those subjects which will provide the basis 
upon which to build a happy and rewarding vocation. Place- 
ment in grade nine is of prime importance and it is here that 
responsibility must shift from the school to the student and 
his parents, It is the function of the guidance person to 
clarify and to suggest, but he cannot be the one to decide 
on the course of action. 

Plans of study made in grade eight are only tentative and 
are evaluated, with the counselor, at least once a year there- 
after. A final and most important educational placement 
activity occurs during grade twelve for those students who 
have maintained good academic records and have shown a 
desire to pursue further study in the liberal arts or in spe- 
cialized vocational fields. Plans for further study must be 
the result of thorough self- analysis and choices of schools or 
colleges should be made only after having exhausted all 
possible methods of evaluation, including the study of cata- 
logues and accreditation information, interviews with alumni 
and admissions officers, and visits whenever possible. It is 
the obligation of the school guidance counselor to aid the 
student during grades nine, ten, and eleven in making his 
self analysis and in securing the necessary information so 
that he may be ready in grade twelve to make realistic 
choices. It is the opinion of the writer that qualified, serious 
students will continue to be admitted to schools and colleges 
of high standing and that they can expect their high school 
training to stand them in good stead. Space does not permit 
the reproduction of the college admissions picture of Acton 
High School graduates of recent years or of their comments 
received through follow-up studies, but it is upon such infor- 
mation, together with the fact that the current larger high 
school classes show a high percentage of qualified college pre- 
paratory students, that this opinion is based. 

In conclusion it may be said that while the responsibilities 
of the operation and development of the guidance for the 
Acton-Boxborough Region are viewed as complex, they are 
accepted as a challenge. Informed and interested parents, 
eager students and co-workers, improved elementary school 
facilities, and a new high school — all point to the possibility 
of achieving high educational goals in the years ahead. 

Respectfully submitted, 

RUTH R. PROCTOR, 
Director of Guidance. 

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REPORT OF SCHOOL PHYSICIAN 

The annual physical examinations were completed in 
October. Special examinations for those participating in 
organized athletics were conducted at the beginning of the 
school year. Parents were notified of orthopedic, dental, and 
medical problems as encountered. 

In conjunction with the Board of Health the annual Schick 
Tests and immunizations with Diphtheria and Tetanus Tox- 
oids were given to the children of the lower grades as re- 
quested by parents. 

Several clinics were held also in conjunction with the 
Board of Health for the administration of Salk Poliomyelitis 
vaccine. The vaccine was made available to all children in 
the town between the ages of one to nineteen years for both 
first and second injections. The third and final injection 
will be made available to these children as the vaccine is 
supplied to us from the Massachusetts Department of Public 
Health. There should be no children in Acton not immunized 
to Poliomyelitis. No reactions were encountered. 

I wish to thank you, the townspeople, teachers and school 
nurse for their cooperation and assistance. 

Respectfully submitted, 

PAUL P. GATES, M. D., 

School Physician. 



REPORT OF THE SCHOOL NURSE 

Report for the school year ending December 31, 1956 is as 
follows : 

Physical examinations have been completed for the first, 
third and fifth grades of the grammar school. The athletes 
of the senior high school, plus grades nine and twelve were 
also examined by the school physician. 

Eye and ear examinations have been completed in all 
grades. We have very good cooperation from the parents 
in having all defects remedied when possible. 

The School Dental Clinic has been held once each month 
except for the month of August at Dr. Albright's office. The 
Board of Health certainly appreciates all the work Dr. 
Albright has done for the school children and hopes that he 
may continue for the benefit of the children. 

174 



Preschool clinics were held at the Julia L. McCarthy Pri- 
mary School in May. Eighty-two children were registered 
by the school personnel and the physical examinations of the 
children were done by the school physician, Dr. Paul Gates. 

Diphtheria Clinic was held in May with 162 children in the 
first, third and fifth grades being Schick tested. Eight chil- 
dren needed complete immunization and five received booster 
inoculations. 

During 1956 almost all of the school children from the 
first grade to the twelfth grade received two inoculations of 
Salk Poliomyelitis Vaccine at the eleven clinics held through- 
out the year. Seventy-three school children have not re- 
ceived the inoculations. We will be holding clinics for the 
third or booster inoculations soon. 

Daily contact has been kept with the schools but it is 
necessary to have a full-time nurse on hand to have better 
health supervision and a planned health education program. 
A school cannot be maintained Grade A unless its students' 
health is maintained Grade A. 

I wish to thank all those who have helped me so much 
during the year. It would have been impossible to have 
conducted all the clinics during the year without the full 
cooperation of Mr. O'Connell, Mr. Grey, the teachers, the 
nurses, and the secretaries. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EILEEN F. HALE, R. N. 



GRADUATION EXERCISES 
June 15, 1956 

Salutatorian Wesley J. Baker 

Valedictorian Judith D. Hatch 

Scholarship Awards: 

Acton High School Scholarship Fund 

Martha Lee Bridgewater Teachers College 

Judith Hatch Newton-Wellesley Hospital 

Wesley Baker Northeastern University 

West Acton Woman's Club 

Lorraine Foley Lowell General Hospital 

Acton Center Woman's Club 

Judith Hatch Newton-Wellesley Hospital 

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Lowell Technological 

Lowell Technological 

Bridgewater Teachers College 

Fitchburg Teachers College 



Parent Teachers Association 

William Irwin 
Rotary Club of Maynard 

William Irwin 
Acton Teachers' Association 

Martha Lee 
Teacher Training Scholarship 

Mary Lou Flerra 
Other Awards : 

American Legion Medals for Scholarship, Loyalty 
and Achievement 

Judith Hatch 

Richard Harper 
Harvard Club of Concord Book Prize 

Edwin Anderson 
Rensselaer-Polytechnic Institute Medal 

Wesley Baker 
Bausch and Lomb Medal 

Judith Hatch 
Daughters of the American Revolution Award 

Martha Lee 

National Honor Society Members: 

Seniors: Karen Spinney, Irene Kazokas, Martha Lee, 

Gladys Steele, Judith Hatch. 
Juniors: Russell Nylander, Ronald Noftle 

CLASS OF 1956 



Walter Raymond Aalto 
Mareta Helen Anderson 
James Wesley Baker, Jr. 
Sylvia Barbara Beaudoin 
John Charles Bressette 
Nancy Marion Caouette 
John Francis Coughlin 
Gerald Lawrence Davis 
Sandra Jean Dunphy 
Mary Lou Flerra 
Lorraine Barbara Foley 
Alice Foreman 
Richard Davis Harper 
Judith Diane Hatch 
Cynthia Martha Holmes 
Carol June Ingham 
William Robert Irwin 
Terence Michael Janericco 



Barbara Jane Johnson 
Irene Jane Kazokas 
Mary Ellen Landry 
Malcolm Douglas Langille 
Martha Winifred Lee 
Caroline Edith Livermore 
*Dexter Lindsey Loring 
Richard Joseph O'Neil, Jr. 
Jean Elizabeth Priest 
Joan Grace Priest 
Barbara Ann Socha 
Karen Evelyn Spinney 
Gladys Sophia Steele 
Earl Clayton Steeves 
George Alfred Wilkes, Jr. 
David Alden Wilson 
Richard Norman Wise 
Deborah Hay ward Wools ton 
* U. S. Navy 



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178 



TOWN WARRANT 

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS 
MIDDLESEX, ss. 




To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton, in said 
County, Greetings: 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you 
are hereby directed to notify the legal voters of said Town 
of Acton, qualified to vote at town meetings for the trans- 
action of town affairs, to meet in their respective precincts, 
to wit: 

Precinct 1 — Town Hall, Acton Center 

Precinct 2 — Congregational Church, South Acton 

Precinct 3 — Acton Community Center, West Acton 

at 12 o'clock noon, Monday, the fourth day of March, 1957 
by posting a copy of this warrant, by you attested, at each 
of the places as directed by vote of the town, seven days at 
least before the fourth day of March. 

To bring in their votes on one ballot for the following town 
officers: Moderator, town clerk, town treasurer, town col- 
lector, one selectman for three years ; one assessor for three 
years; one member of the board of public welfare for three 
years; one member of the board of public welfare for two 
years (to fill vacancy) ; four constables for one year; one 
cemetery commissioner for three years; two members of the 
school committee for three years; one member of the school 
committee for one year (to fill vacancy) ; one member of the 
board of health for three years ; one trustee Memorial Library 
for three years ; a tree warden for one year ; one member of 
the planning board for five years. 

The polls will be open at 12 o'clock noon, and close at 8 
o'clock P. M. 

179 



You are further requested in the name of the Common- 
wealth to notify the legal voters of said Town of Acton as 
aforesaid, to meet at the BLANCHARD AUDITORIUM in 
said Acton on 

Monday, March 11, 1957, at 7:30 o'clock P.M. 

Then and there to act on the following articles : 

Article 1. To choose all necessary Town Officers and 
Committees and fix the salaries and compensation of all the 
elective officers of the Town. 

Article 2. To see if the Town will vote to accept the 
several reports of the Town Officers and Boards, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

Article 3. To hear and act upon the reports of any 
Committees chosen at any previous town meeting that have 
not already reported. 

Article 4. To see what sums of money the Town will 
vote to raise and appropriate to defray the necessary ex- 
penses of the several departments of the Town and determine 
how the same shall be raised. 

It is recommended that the following sums of money be 
raised and appropriated for the several purposes hereinafter 
designated and that the same he expended only for the pur- 
poses under the direction of the respective hoards, commit- 
tees or officers of the Town as follows: 

1957 BUDGET 

Expended Recommended 

Item 1956 1957 

General Government 3.94% of Total 

1 $55.00 Moderator $75.00 

2 49.60 Finance Committee Expense 75.00 

3 1,200.00 Selectmen's Salaries 1,200.00 

4 298.49 Selectmen's Expenses 500.00 

5 3,536.55 Town Office — Clerk Person- 

nel — Wages 10,800.00 

6 1,300.00 Town Accountant — Salary 1,400.00 

7 199.89 Expenses 350.00 

8 1,300.00 Treasurer — Salary 1,400.00 

180 



Expended Recommended 

Item 1956 1957 

9 400.00 Expenses 400.00 

10 2,500.00 Town Collector — Salary .... 2,000.00 

11 675.24 Expenses 850.00 

12 4,300.00 Assessors' Salaries 4,600.00 

13 352.50 Expenses 400.00 

14 1,355.00 Town Clerk— Salary 1,000.00 

15 288.36 Expenses 350.00 

16 Elections and Registrations 

2,330.80 Salaries and Wages 1,500.00 

17 785.75 Expenses 700.00 

18 500.00 Legal Services — Board of 

Selectmen 500.00 

19 806.33 Planning Board — Expenses 350.00 

20 1,110.83 Service Fees 1,650.00 



21 $23,344.34 Total General Government .. $30,100.00 



Buildings and Grounds 1.05% of Total 

22 $2,898.24 Buildings and Grounds — 

Wages $3,280.00 

23 3,844.52 Expenses 4,730.00 



24 $6,742.76 Total Buildings and Grounds $8,010.00 

Protection of Persons and Property 11.48% of Total 

25 $24,641.16 Police, Salaries and Wages $31,185.00 

26 Expenses including Cruiser 

5,124.95 Operation and Uniforms .. 5,315.00 

27 9,458.45 Fire Department — Salaries 

and Wages 13,050.00 

28 8,968.51 Expenses 9,680.00 

29 4,347.52 Fire Alarm System — Sal- 

aries and Wages 4,680.00 

30 143.67 Expenses 1,045.00 

31 10,702.60 Fire Hydrant Rental 10,900.00 

32 250.00 Sealer Weights and Measures 

— Salary 250.00 

33 50.00 Expenses 50.00 

34 999.75 Moth Department Chapter 

666 — Wages 1,125.00 

35 1,960.27 Expenses including Poison 

Ivy 2,000.00 

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Expended Recommended 

Item 1956 1957 

36 1,19'9.15 Dutch Elm Disease Control 

— Chapter 761 1,500.00 

37 87.00 Town Forest — Maintenance 100.00 

38 250.00 Shade Tree Replacement .... 250.00 

39 1,993.40 Tree Warden — Wages 2,225.00 

40 1,199.90 Expenses 1,200.00 

41 750.00 Wire Inspector — Salary and 

Travel 750.00 

42 60.98 Expenses 100.00 

43 253.00 Building Inspector — Wages 

and Travel 1,250.00 

44 Expenses 100.00 

45 316.50 Dog Officer 350.00 

46 Building Committee — Ex- 

penses 500.00 

47 $72,756.81 Total Protection $87,605.00 



Health and Sanitation 3.88% of Total 

48 $50.00 Board of Health — Salaries $275.00 

49 866.21 Expenses 950.00 

50 2,340.00 Secretary — Salary 2,645.00 

51 3,120.00 Town and School Nurse — 

Salary 3,380.00 

52 960.00 Expenses 960.00 

53 475.00 Assistant Nurse — Wages .. 800.00 

54 1,272.75 Board of Health Agent and 

Assistant Agent — Wages 2,000.00 

55 297.04 Expenses 500.00 

56 150.00 Inspector Milk and Food .... 300.00 

57 3,834.00 Custodian — Town Dump — 

Wages 3,888.00 

58 Assistant Custodian — 

Town Dump — Wages .... 648.00 

59 762.75 Expenses 1,200.00 

60 652.50 State Sanitorium 700.00 

61 103.20 Medical Supplies 150.00 

62 1,746.35 School Clinic 1,600.00 

63 7,900.00 Garbage Collection 8,400.00 

64 150.00 Inspector of Animals — 

Salary 150.00 

65 28.06 Expenses 30.00 

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Expended Recommended 
Item 1956 1957 

66 963.00 Plumbing Inspector — 

Wages 1,000.00 



67 $25,670.86 Total Health and Sanitation $29,576.00 



Highways 8.06% of Total 

68 $6,788.87 Village Highways $5,500.00 

69 2,587.68 Drainage 5,300.00 

70 8,738.35 Chapter 81 Highways 8,700.00 

71 2,000.00 Chapter 90 Highways 2,000.00 

72 25,999.86 Snow Removal 30,000.00 

73 499.95 Traffice Signs — Lines 1,000.00 

74 907.20 Highway Vacations and 

Holidays 1,690.00 

75 6,929.77 Street Lighting 7,300.00 

76 $54,461.68 Total Highways $61,490.00 



Charities 5.88% of Total 

77 $2,275.00 Welfare District Adminis- 

tration and Welfare Board 

Salaries $2,400.00 

78 5,000.00 General Relief and Disability 

Assistance 5,000.00 

79 41,000.00 Old Age Assistance 31,000.00 

80 5,500.00 Aid to Dependent Children 6,500.00 

81 $53,775.00 Total Charities $44,900.00 



Veterans^ Aid 1.37% of Total 

82 $200.00 Veterans' Benefits — Salary $200.00 

83 199.16 Expenses 250.00 

84 8,737.93 Veterans' Benefits Expendi- 

tures 8,000.00 

85 Veterans' Services 2,000.00 

86 $9,137.09 Total Veterans' Aid $10,450.00 

18S 



Expended Recommended 

Item 1956 1957 

Education 45.88% of Total 

87 $153,695.00 Instruction — Local $131,047.00 

88 38,725.95 —Regional 109,995.84 

89 6,060.76 Textbooks and Supplies — 

Local 5,264.00 

90 5,183.71 —Regional 5,969.52 

91 27,526.90 Plant Operation — Local .... 23,530.00 

92 2,425.00 —Regional 16,453.72 

93 8,259.69 Blanchard Auditorium 10,500.00 

94 2,020.20 Maintenance — Local 3,375.00 

95 114.14 —Regional 439.00 

96 15,384.46 Auxiliary Agencies — Local 12,125.00 

97 5,121.37 —Regional 16,721.92 

98 8,531.63 General Control — Local .... 6,575.00 
9.9 3,907.10 —Regional 5,850.16 

100 1,116.13 Outlay — Local 1,500.00 

101 —Regional 175.60 

102 Contingency Fund — Local .. 400.00 

103 109.75 —Regional 175.60 

104 $222,594.77 Total Local School Budget .. $194,316.00 

105 55,587.02 Total Regional School Bud- 

get 155,781.36 

106 $278,181.79 Total Education $350,097.36 



Libraries .75% of Total 

107 $3,416.55 Libraries — Salaries and 

Wages $4,000.00 

108 1,177.69 Expenses 1,100.00 

109 660.00 Books 660.00 

110 $5,254.24 Total Libraries $5,760.00 



Recreation .2% of Total 

111 $807.91 Playgrounds — Wages $1,000.00 

112 Expenses 500.00 

113 $807.91 Total Recreation $1,500.00 

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Expended Recommended 

Item 1956 1957 

Cemeteries 1.95% of Total 

114 $11,194.25 Cemeteries, Salaries — 

Wages $12,350.00 

115 2,495.77 Expenses 2,500.00 

116 $13,690.02 Total Cemeteries $14,850.00 



Other Classified Expenses 1.97% of Total 

117 $2,222.57 Town Reports $2,500.00 

118 2,280.57 Workmen's Compensation .... 2,700.00 

119 599.50 Surety Bonds 675.00 

120 Archives Committee — Ex- 

penses 500.00 

121 1,674.38 Fire Insurance — Town 

Buildings 1,810.00 

122 581.72 Memorial Day 600.00 

123 3,792.00 Pension Fund 4,439.95 

124 205.50 Pension Fund Expense 226.30 

125 19.32 Military Service Fund 33.72 

126 19.15 Board of Appeals — Ex- 

penses 50.00 

127 1,500.00 Miscellaneous 1,500.00 

128 12,894.71 Total Other Classified Ex- 

penses $15,034.97 



Amortization and Interest Requirements for the 

Bonded Indebtedness of the Town and the 

Regional School District 13.58% of Total 

129 $16,000.00 Elementary and High Schools 

Maturing Debt $16,000.00 

130 4,930.00 Interest 4,615.00 

131 20,000.00 Blanchard Auditorium Ma- 

turing Debt 20,000.00 

132 1,200.00 Interest 800.00 

133 24,700.00 Regional School Maturing 

Debt 15,200.00 

134 33,345.00 Interest 41,367.75 

185 



Expended Recommended 

Item 1956 1957 

135 5,000.00 Surface Drainage Mohawk 

Drive and Seneca Road 

Maturing Debt 5,000.00 

136 254.49 Interest 175.00 

137 Anticipation of Revenue 

Notes — Interest 500.00 

138 $105,429.49 Total Amortization and In- 

terest Requirements $103,657.75 

$662,146.70 TOTAL BUDGET $763,031.08 



Article 5. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$6,000.00 for Chapter 90 Construction of Main Street, South 
Acton from Central Street northerly to Prospect Street, a 
distance of approximately 2,400 feet ; said money to be used 
in conjunction with $6,000.00 to be allotted by the County 
and $18,000.00 to be allotted by the State, or take any 
other action relative thereto. 

The Town has received a State allotment for approved 
highway projects and the Finance Committee recommends 
that $6,000.00 he transferred from Surplus Revenue. 

Article 6. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate 
from the Surplus Revenue Account the amount of the State's 
and County's allotments for highways under Chapters 81 
and 90; provided that the reimbursement be credited back to 
the Surplus Revenue Account, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Approval of the conditions of this Article is recommended. 



Article 7. To see if the Town will vote to transfer the 
sum of $6,250.00 from the Machinery Fund to the Machinery 
Account, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Approval of this bookkeeping transfer is recommended. 



Article 8. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 

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$6,000.00, or any other sum, for the construction of sidewalks 
on Main Street in South Acton, in conjunction with the new 
construction on Main Street in South Acton, or take any- 
other action relative thereto. 

In view of the fact that this construction will cost 
$3,000.00 less if done in conjunction with the Main Street 
highway project, the Finance Committee recommends that 
not more than $6,000.00 be raised and appropriated under 
this article. 



Article 9. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$10,444.95 for the permanent construction of School Street, 
South Acton, or take any other action relative thereto. 

The Town has received a State allotment for approved 
highiuay projects and the Finance Committee recommends 
that $10,Jf"^Jf.95 be transferred from the Surplus Revenue. 

Article 10. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$1,100.00, or any other sum, to be expended by the Fire 
Department for the purchase of a remote control radio and 
fire alarm transmitter to be installed at the Acton Center 
Fire Station, or take any other action relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends the transfer of this 
amount from Surplus Revenue. 

Article 11. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$3,300.00, or any other sum, to be expended by the Fire 
Department for the extension of the fire alarm circuit to 
Arlington Street, Agawam Road, Sioux Street, Mohegan Road, 
Quaboag Road, Seminole Road, Seneca Road, Mohawk Drive, 
Oneida Road and Orchard Drive, and in connection therewith 
to install ten alarm boxes throughout this territory and a 
master box at the Acton High School, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

It is recommended that $3,300.00 be raised and appro- 
priated for this purpose. 

Article 12. To see if the Town will vote to authorize 
the Selectmen to purchase, take by eminent domain or other- 

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wise acquire for the Town for the construction of a fire 
station thereon a tract of land with the buildings thereon 
believed to belong to Ormal S. R. Laffin and Mary M. Laffin, 
located in that part of Acton called West Acton on the 
Westerly side of Central Street and adjacent to and northerly 
of Laffin's Garage; and to see if the Town will appropriate 
the sum of $7,000.00, or any other sum, therefor to be pro- 
vided by taxation, by appropriation from available funds in 
the Treasury or by borrowings under Chapter 44 of the 
General Laws, or take any other action relative thereto. 

It is recommended that $7,000.00 be raised and appro- 
priated for this purpose. 

Article 13. To see if the Town will vote to authorize 
the Town Building Committee to enter into contracts on 
behalf of the Town for the planning, constructing and equip- 
ping of a fire station on a tract of land located in that part 
of Acton called West Acton on the westerly side of Central 
Street and adjacent and northerly of Laffin's Garage, and to 
see if the Town will appropriate the sum of $75,000.00, or 
any other sum, therefor to be provided by taxation, by 
appropriation from available funds in the Treasury or by 
borrowings under Chapter 44 of the General Laws, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends this Article he ap- 
proved and that the sum of $15,000.00 be transferred from 
Surplus Revenue and that not more than $60,000.00 be bor- 
rowed under provisions of Chapter UU of the General Laws. 

Article 14. To see if the Town will vote to authorize 
the Town Building Committee to enter into contracts on 
behalf of the Town for the planning, constructing, equipping 
and furnishing of an elementary school building on land of 
the Town located on Charter Road; and to see if the Town 
will appropriate a sum of money therefor to be provided by 
taxation, by appropriation of available funds in the Treasury 
or by borrowings under Chapter 44 of the General Laws 
and Chapter 645 of the Acts of 1948 as amended, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

The remarks of the Finance Committee will be found in 
the brochure of the School Building Committee. 

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Article 15. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$2,500.00, or any other sum, for the payment of vocational 
tuition and transportation according to the provisions of 
Chapter 74 of the General Laws, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends approval of this 
Article. 

Article 16. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$500.00, or any other sum, to establish a special Water Safety 
Account for the support of the Water Safety Program which 
is jointly sponsored by the Red Cross and the School Depart- 
ment, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Approval is recommended. 

Article 17. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$1,200.00, or any other sum, to pay the cost of effecting 
insurance providing indemnity for or protection to any officer 
or employee of the Town against loss by reason of his lia- 
bility to pay damages to others for bodily injuries, including 
death at any time resulting therefrom, or for damage to 
property caused by operation, within the scope of his official 
duties or employment, of motor or other vehicles owned by 
the Town as provided by the provisions of General Laws, 
Chapter 40, Section 5, Sub-section 1, as amended, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

This is the same amount as requested last year, and ap- 
proval is recommended. 

Article 18. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$778.24, or any other sum, to pay the cost of obtaining cov- 
erage of various objects suitable for insurance under a boiler 
and machinery policy, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

This is a continuation of this insurance program and 
approval is recommended. 

Article 19. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds, the sum of 

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$200.00 as its contribution to the West and South Water 
Supply District of Acton toward the cost of extending a six 
inch water main from Hosmer Street to the Acton town 
dump on Massachusetts Avenue, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

This is the fourth of ten annual payments required to pay 
for the extension of Water Service at this location and 
approval is recommended. 

Article 20. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$5,000.00, or any other sum, to be set aside as a Stabiliza- 
tion Fund, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Approval of this Article ittsures the continuation of a long- 
range program for the purchase of Fire Department appara- 
tus. The Finance Committee recommends this amount be 
raised and appropriated. 

Article 21. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$3,500.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of a new 
truck for the Tree and Moth Departments, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Your Finance Committee recommends transferring 
$3,500.00 from Surplus Revenue for the purchase of this 
truck which will replace a 1930 model A Ford. 

Article 22. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$2,000.00, or any other sum, for the installation of lighting 
fixtures in the Memorial Library, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Approval of this Article is recommended. 

Article 23. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$250.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of new chairs 
and magazine rack for the Memorial Library, or take any 
other action relative thereto. 

Approval of this Article is recommended. 

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Article 24. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$2,700.00, or any other sum, for mosquito control spraying, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends that $1,000.00 he 
raised and appropriated under this Article and expended only 
in case of emergency. 



Article 25. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$2,304.69, or any other sum., to defray the necessary expenses 
incurred by the Board of Public Welfare for the installation 
of health and sanitation improvements in the home of a 
welfare recipient, or take any other action relative thereto. 



Approval of this Article is recommended. 



Article 26. To see if the Town will vote to accept 
Chapter 401 of the Acts of 1956 entitled "An Act Extending 
To Certain Civil Defense Volunteers, the Provisions of Law 
Applicable to Municipal Employees for Indemnification of 
Damages Sustained Through the Operation of Publicly Owned 
Vehicles," or take any other action relative thereto. 

We believe this Article should he approved. 



Article 27. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$3,500.00, or any other sum, for alterations to Highway De- 
partment buildings, or take any other action relative thereto. 

It is recommended that this Article he referred to the 
Building Committee for further study. 



Article 28. To see if the Town will vote to amend the 
By-Laws of the Town of Acton by striking out Article 1 of 
Section 1 and inserting the following: 

Article 1. The annual town meeting for the 

election of town officers shall be held on the last 

Monday of March in each year, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

We feel this is a logical move for the Town. 

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Article 29.. To see if the Town will vote to amend the 
Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by rezoning 
an area on the southerly side of Route #2 between Hosmer 
Street and Piper Road in South Acton to industrial for a 
depth of 850 feet, such land now being zoned partially busi- 
ness and partially residential, or take any other action rela- 
tive thereto. 

Article 30. To see if the Town will vote to amend the 
Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by rezoning 
an area on the southerly side of Route 2A, North Acton from 
what is now partially business and partially residential to 
industrial, said area starting at the boundary of Harold 
Buxton and Leo T. McCarthy and running along Route 2A 
in a southeasterly direction for approximately 1,625 feet; 
thence in a southwesterly direction for approximately 2,500 
feet, thence running in a northwesterly direction for approxi- 
mately 500 feet to a stone wall, thence running along the wall 
to its end, thence in a westerly direction for approximately 
200 feet, thence in a northwesterly direction for approximately 
75 feet and thence running for approximately 1,600 feet back 
to the point of its beginning, said area containing approxi- 
mately 80 acres, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Article 31. To see if the Town will vote to amend the 
Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by rezoning 
from residential to business the property in West Acton 
owned by Seminole Realty Trust and bounded by the Boston 
and Maine Railroad, the West Acton Fire House property, 
Windsor Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue, or take any 
other action relative thereto. 



Article 32. To see if the Town will vote to amend the 
Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by adding 
a new paragraph, numbered Five (5) to Section HI of the 
By-Law as follows: 

5. Trailers: Hereafter no person shall use or 
permit to be used for dwelling purposes within the 
Town, any trailer or similar mobile equipment 
whether registered or unregistered, mobile or 
immobile, except that mobile trailers may be used 
as temporary dwelling purposes, provided such use 
is licensed by the Selectmen, said license to be ap- 
plied for by the occupant within three (3) days 

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after the unit is located in the Town, and with no 
license granted hereunder to be for a period exceed- 
ing six (6) calendar months. 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee approves passage of this Article 
as a mean^ of protecting town property values. 



Article 33. To see if the Town will vote to amend the 
Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by rezoning 
from residential to industrial the property at 193 Central 
Street, consisting of approximately seven-eighths (%) of an 
acre owned by James Kinsley, or take any other action rela- 
tive thereto. 



Article 34. To see if the Town will vote to amend the 
Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by adding 
the following as paragraph three (3) to Section IV — Busi- 
ness District, or take any other action relative thereto. 

3. Area Regulation. A structure erected for 
residential purposes in a business zone shall conform 
to the area, set back, side and rear line restrictions 
as set forth in Section III of the Protective Zoning 
By-Law of the Town of Acton. 

Article 35. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$1,800.00, or any other sum, for alterations and furnishings 
of various offices in the Town Hall, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends approval of this 
Article but feels that only urgent expenditures be made until 
a comprehensive survey has been completed. 

Article 36. To see if the Town will vote to authorize 
the Cemetery Commissioners to waive a legacy of $300.00 
bequeathed under the Will of Howard Beckwith Barnard for 
perpetual care for the graves of his parents at Woodlawn 
Cemetery. 

Approval is recommended. 

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Article 37. To see if the Town will vote to accept the 
gift to the Town of Acton by the second item of the will of 
Sarah A. Watson, late of Somerville, Massachusetts, de- 
ceased, of $2,500.00, the income therefrom to be used for the 
perpetual care of lots 21, 22 and 23 on Pine Avenue and Lot 
41 in the rear thereof in Woodlawn Cemetery in said Town, 
now standing in her name, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Article 38. To see if the Town will vote to accept the 
provisions of the fifty-third item of the will of Sarah A. 
Watson, late of Somerville, Massachusetts, deceased, for the 
benefit of the Chapel on the lot adjoining Woodlawn Ceme- 
tery ; to approve of the appointment of Frederick S. Kennedy 
and A. Leavitt Taylor as trustees of the fund to be known 
as the ''Varnum Tuttle Fund," the income to be used for 
the care, preservation and upkeep, both interior and exterior, 
of the Chapel which was erected on the lot adjoining Wood- 
lawn Cemetery in said Town, including the organ and other 
equipment therein, and for the care of the grounds surround- 
ing the Chapel, shrubbery, ornamentation, walks and open- 
spaces; and co-operate with the said trustees in the expendi- 
ture of said income and carrying out the provisions of said 
trust fund, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Approval is recommended. 



Article 39. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$14,000.00, or any other sum, to complete the work of defin- 
ing and improving the brook in the west part of Town that 
drains the areas between Massachusetts Avenue on the north, 
Homestead Street on the south, Arlington Street on the west 
and Central Street on the east, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends this sum he raised 
and appropriated to complete this project. 

Article 40. To see if the Town will vote to change the 
names of certain streets, listed below and to raise and appro- 
priate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$100.00, or any other sum, to purchase and install street signs 

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to properly designate these streets, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

1. School Street, West Acton to be changed to Farm 
Street. 

2. Maple Avenue, Acton Center to be changed to 
Minuteman Road. 

3. Davis Terrace, West Acton to be changed to Mead 
Terrace. 

4. Woodlawn Lane, Acton Center to be changed to 
Minot Avenue. 

5. Section of Nashoba Road running southerly off 
Newtown Road in West Acton to be changed to 
Bulette Road. 

6. Section of Concord Street, South Acton running from 
Howard's comer northerly into Dewey and Almy 
Company property to be changed to Vallee Road. 

7. Section of Concord Street, South Acton running from 
Howard's corner southerly to the Maynard line to 
be changed to a continuation of Parker Street. 

Approval is recommended. 

Article 41. To see if the Town will vote to accept as 
a Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in 
the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty 
(40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more 
travelled way extending in a northerly direction from the 
previously accepted section of Mohegan Road, a distance of 
approximately five hundred eighty-four (584) feet termin- 
ating in a turnaround, to the land of Crimens Pacy, and 
said road to be maintained by the developer for a period 
of one year after acceptance, said road to be known as 
Mohegan Road, or take any other action relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends acceptance of this 
Article as approved by the Planning Board. 

Article 42. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in 
the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty 
(40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more 
travelled way extending in a southerly direction from Seneca 

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Road, a distance of approximately six hundred forty-eight 
(648) feet terminating in a turnaround to the land of 
Howland Parker, and said road to be maintained by the 
developer for a period of one year after acceptance, said road 
to be known as Quaboag Road, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

The reason for approval is the same as indicated under 
Article Ul. 

Article 43. To see if the Town will vote to accept as 
a Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in 
the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty 
(40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more 
travelled way extending in a northeasterly direction from 
Mohawk Drive a distance of approximately eleven hundred 
(1100) feet to pole number ten (10) of the New England 
Telephone and Telegraph Company, and said road to be 
maintained by the developer for a period of one year after 
acceptance, said road to be known as Oneida Road, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

The reason for approval is the same as indicated under 
Article Ul. 



Article 44. To see if the Town will vote to accept as 
a Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in 
the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty 
(40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more 
travelled way extending in a southerly direction from the 
Littleton-Acton town line a distance of approximately five 
hundred sixty (560) feet terminating in a turnaround, said 
road to be known as Lillian Road, and said road to be main- 
tained by the developer for a period of one year after accept- 
ance, or take any other action relative thereto. 

The reason for approval is the same as indicated under 
Article Ul. 



Article 45. To see if the Town will vote to accept as 
a Town Way the road, a Plan of which has been filed with 
the Town Clerk and laid out by the Planning Board, said 
Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width with a twenty- 
four (24) foot or more travelled way, and extending in a 
southwesterly direction from Prospect Street, South Acton, 

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for a distance of approximately 1,392 feet terminating in a 
turnaround and said road to be maintained by the developer 
for a period of one year after acceptance, said road to be 
known as Tuttle Drive, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

The reason for approval is the same as indicated under 
Article -4-?. 



Article 46. To see if the Town will vote to adopt as an 
official map, a Map of the Town of Acton, on file with the 
Town Clerk, compiled by Snelling Hilton Associates dated 
February 1957 as provided for in Section 81-E of Chapter 
41 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth, or take any 
other action relative thereto. 

Approval is recommended 

Article 47. To see if the Town will vote to authorize 
the Board of Selectmen to appoint a Committee of six (6), 
and with the right to fill any vacancies therein, such Com- 
mittee to be known as the Industrial Development Committee, 
with said Committee to study problems relating to industry 
in Acton and to report periodically their findings and recom- 
mendations in respect thereof to the Board of Selectmen, or 
take any other action relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee believes the establishment of this 
committee will, in the long run, be of substantial benefit to 
the Town. 



Article 48. To see if the Town will vote to authorize 
the Board of Selectmen to appoint a Board of three (3), and 
with the right to fill any vacancies therein, such Board to 
be known as the Personnel Board with said Board to study 
problems relating to hours of work and wages and salaries 
of Town Employees and to report periodically their findings 
and recommendations in respect thereof to the Board of 
Selectmen, or take any other action relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee believes the appointment of this 
committee will improve Toivn Government. 

Article 49. To see if the To\\ti will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds a sum of 

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money for the paving with hot-top that portion of Town 
property which is in front of the Acton Center Post Office 
and Dewey *s Market, Inc., with the same to meet with similar 
pavement of hot-top to be installed by and at the expense of 
Alphonse Notargiacomo, the present abutter to the area 
referred to, or take any other action relative thereto. (In- 
serted in warrant on petition of Alphonse Notargiacomo and 
sixty others.) 

The Finance Committee disapproves of this Article. 



Article 50. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$500.00, or any other sum, for the purpose of excavating, 
loaming, seeding and constructing hot-top passage ways 
from the existing sidewalk to the end of the town bounds at 
the Acton Center Post Office, or take any other action rela- 
tive thereto. 

Approval of this Article is recommended. 

Article 51. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$3,050.52, or any other sum, to pay the following unpaid bills : 

Board of Health — East Coast Aviation 

Corporation $1,000.00 

Board of Health — Tekton Associates .... 454.18 

Board of Health — Assabet Sand and 

Gravel Co., Inc 138.00 

Highway Department (Signs and Lines) 

— James L. Hurton 227.50 

Highway Department — Boston and 

Maine Railroad 1,230.84 

or take any other action relative thereto. 

Payment of these bills is recommended but again we 
caution the various town departments to keep within their 
budget appropriations. 

Article 52. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 

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$6,000.00 as a Reserve Fund, or take any other action rela- 
tive thereto. 

It is recommended that $6,000.00 he transferred from 
Overlay Surplus to he used as a Reserve Fund. This is the 
same amount as last year. 

Article 53. To see if the Town will vote to authorize 
the Town Treasurer with the approval of the Board of 
Selectmen to borrow money from time to time in anticipation 
of the revenue of the financial year beginning January 1, 
1957 and to issue a note or notes therefor, payable within 
one year, and to renew any note or notes as may be given 
for a period of less than one year in accordance with Section 
17, Chapter 44, General Laws, or take any other action rela- 
tive thereto. 



And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting 
attested copies thereof seven days at least before the time 
of said meeting in not less than six public places in the town 
to be designated by the Board of Selectmen. 

Hereof fail not and make due return of this warrant with 
your doings thereon to the town clerk at or before the time 
of meeting aforesaid. 

Given under our hands at Acton this twenty-second day 
of January, 1957. 

LEO C. CUNNINGHAM, 
FREDERICK W. ABBT, 
CHARLES D. MacPHERSON, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



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INDEX 

Archives Committee, Report of 77 

Assessors' Report 78 

Board of Health 132 

Agent for Board of Health 134 

Inspector of Milk and Food 134 

Inspector of Plumbing 136 

Inspector of Sanitation 135 

Inspector of Slaughtering 136 

Town Nurse 136 

Cemetery Commissioners 140 

Civil Defense Agency 141 

Dedication — Michael Foley 2-3 

Elizabeth White Fund Trustees 143 

Librarian's Report 128 

Planning Board 138 

Selectmen's Report 6 

Dog Officer 16 

Fence Viewers 16 

Finance Committee 17 

Fire Department 18 

Inspector of Animals 21 

Inspector of Wires 21 

History of Tuttle Family as Town Clerks 4-5 

Jury List (Revised) 1956 22 

Moth Superintendent 23 

Police Department 23 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 26 



INDEX Continued 

Superintendent of Streets 27 

Town Forest Committee 29 

Workmen's Compensation Agent 30 

State Audit 116 

Balance Sheet 120 

Town Collector's Report 79 

Town Boundaries measured from historic landmark 

Inside Front Cover 

Town Accountant's Report 98 

Charts — Cash Receipts and Disbursements 100 

Summary of Appropriations and Expenditures 102 

Balance Sheet December 31, 1956 110 

Town Clerk's Report 

Annual Election March 5, 1956 31 

Annual Town Meeting, March 12, 1956 33 

Special Town Meeting, Oct. 1, 1956 55 

Births 64 

Marriages 70 

Deaths 74 

Non-Resident Burials 76 

Dog Licenses Financial Report 77 

Town Officers 9 

Appointments by Selectmen 11 

Treasurer's Report 85 

Funds in Custody of Treasurer 91 

Outstanding Notes and Bonds 90 

Tree Warden 142 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund 143 



INDEX Continued 

Warrant for Annual Meeting March 11, 1957 and 

Finance Committee Budget 179 

Welfare Department 130 

Public Schools : — 

Organization 146 

Calendar 147 

School Committee 147 

Superintendent of Schools 149 

Financial Report 149 

Proposed Public School Budget, 1957 150 

Teaching Staff — Acton Public Schools 159 

Age and Grade Distribution Tables 161 

Acton-Boxborough Regional School District: 

School Committee 162 

Treasurer 164 

Proposed Budget for 1957 165 

High School Principal 169 

Director of Guidance 171 

School Physician 174 

School Nurse 174 

Graduation Exercises 175 

Regional High School Teaching Staff 177 



FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICIALS 





President of the United States 

Dwight David Eisenhower 

Vice-President of the United States 

Richard M. Nixon 

United States Senators 

Leverett Saltonstall 
John F. Kennedy 

Representative in Congress 

Edith Nourse Rogers — Fifth Congressional District 




Officials of the Commonwealth 



Governor 

Lieutenant Governor 
Secretary 
Treasurer 
Auditor 

Attorney General 

Governor's Council 
Third District 

^nator 

Fifth Middlesex District 



Foster Furcolo 
Robert H. Murphy 
Edward J. Cronin 
John F. Kennedy 
Thomas J. Buckley 

George Fingold 

Christian A. Herter, Jr. 
341/2 Beacon Street, 
Boston, Mass. 

William E. Hays 

436 Waverley Oaks Road, 
Waltham, Mass. 



Representative in the Vernon R. Fletcher 

General Court 111 Chelmsford Street 

Eleventh Middlesex District Chelmsford, Mass. 







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MASSACHUSETTS 1957 



THE MINUTE MAN OF ACTON — YESTERDAY AND TODAY 



"It was the citizen soldier Isaac Davis of Acton, who kissed his baby 
in the cradle for the last time, and threw his arms lovingly for the lost 
time around the neck of his devoted wife Hannah on that morning, and 
who led his company to Concord, to give his life that liberty might live. 
It was the wife of a citizen soldier, Hannah Davis, who powdered the hair 
of the thirty-five men in her husband's company on that morning, that 
they might meet the hated Redcoats as gentlemen." 

These were the words of Governor Frederick Greenhalge, spoken in 
Acton at a dedication ceremony on April 20, 1895, the 120th anniversary 
commemorating the start of the American Revolution. 

On the morning of that eventful day in 1775, near the Old North 
Bridge east of Acton, the Provincial Officers held a council of war. As 
they separated, Davis exclaimed, "I haven't a man that is afraid to go," 
and he led his company of volunteers in the first organized attack upon 
the troops of King George III. 

Captain Davis was born on February 23, 1745, at the place in West 
Acton known as the Jonathan B. Davis House. The son of Ezekiel Davis 
of Acton and Mary Gibson of Stow, Captain Davis married Hannah 
Brown of Acton on October 24, 1764. He died, fighting for his country and 
the principles of his belief at the youthful age of thirty, never knowing 
how fully his leadership changed the course of American history. 

The state monument in Acton Centre is a familiar sight. It was 
erected, "In honor of Captain Isaac Davis and Privates Abner Hosmer and 
James Hayward, citizen soldiers of Acton and Provincial Minute Men who 
fell in the Concord Fight." Today the Acton Minute Man is a ghost of the 
past, a symbol of an heroic tradition. 

Are there no Minute Men in this space age of 1958? Perhaps the 
spirit of these early heroes lives on. In a sense, one modern minute man 
is the Acton Volunteer Fireman. When the alarm is given, he must cease 
his occupation and rush to the site of a burning home, garage, field or 
forest. 

As shown by our cover, the Acton fireman is ever on the alert, to 
fight and control fire; to save human life. It is a courageous spirit which 
never dies, a spirit formed by the qualities of the historic Minute Men and 
the leadership of Captain Isaac Davis of Acton. 



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MASSACHUSETTS 



FOR ITS 
TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY-SECOND 
MUNICIPAL YEAR 



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FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST 



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In iWemoriam 



To the memory of Aubrey C. Kretschmor, 
Jr., who served the Town as Selectman from 
March 4, 1957 to May 21, 1957. He was 
active in many phases of Town affairs and 
was former Chairman of the Planning Board 
and Vice President of SUASCO. 

Mr. Kretschmor also served the town on 
the following committees: The Special Ad- 
visory School Building Committees, Finance 
Committee and in 1954 he was elected for 
a five-year term on the newly created 
Planning Board. 

Mr. Kretschmor served as a Major in the 
Engineer Corps and was Post Engineer at 
Fort Devens and Camp Edwards, during 
World War II. 

*'Kretsch" as he was known by all who 
came in contact with him, was liked and 
respected by all who knew him. He was a 
hard and diligent worker for the town and 
its people. His memory will linger on in the 
minds of those who appreciate true worth. 




3n iWemoriam 




AUBREY C. KRETSCHMAR. JR. 



Selectman 
Plcoining Board 
Town of Acton 



TABLE OF CONTENTS 

Selectmen's Report 5 

a. Town Officers and appointments by Selectmen .... 8 

b. Jury List 15 

Town Report Committee 16 

Pictures and Special Fire Department Report 17 

Regular Fire Department Report 31 

Police Department 33 

Superintendent of Streets 37 

Town Clerk's Report 40 

Assessors 103 

Collector 104 

Treasurer 110 

Accountant 125 

State Auditor's Report 1956 140 

Special Library Report 150 

Regular Library Report 153 

Welfare 154 

Department of Veterans' Services 156 

Health 158 

Planning Board 162 

Special Planning Board Report 165 

Cemetery Commissioners 167 

Tree Warden 168 

Reports of Various Funds 168 

Recreation Commission 169 

Building Committee 170 

Archives Committee 171 

Special Archives Committee Report 172 

Industrial Development Committee Report 177 

Acton Public School Committee Report 182 

Acton-Boxborough Regional District School Committee 

Report 197 

Personnel Board (Progress report) 219 

List of National and State Officers (Inside of back cover) 



SELECTMEN'S REPORT 

January 17, 1958 

To the Citizens of the Town of Acton 

We hereby submit reports of the several departments 
under the supervision of the Board of Selectmen. Reports 
of officers or committees not found in the Town Report are 
on file in our office and are open for inspection during 
regular office hours. 

During the year 1957 regular meetings were held every 
week with the exception of the months of July and August 
when meetings were held every other week. In addition 
to these, 11 special meetings were held to consider pressing 
problems or perform work which could not be accomplished 
at a regular meeting. 

Necessary warrants with articles were prepared for one 
Annual Town Meeting and five Special Town Meetings. 

During the year construction work was completed on the 
new Acton-Boxboro Regional High School and this structure 
is now in full operation. We wish to extend our sincerest 
congratulations to all persons connected with this project 
and thank them for a job well done. In addition, contracts 
were let and work has been started on a new 20-room 
elementary school as well as a new fire house in West Acton 
to replace the present obsolete building. 

We are placing articles in the Town Warrant for the 
purchase of a vehicle for the use of the Fire Chief, a new- 
truck for the Highway Department and are also requesting 
a sufficient appropriation to enable us to trade one police 
cruiser every six months. We feel that a substantial saving 
in maintenance costs can be achieved by this policy besides 
enabling us to receive a much higher value for the old 
vehicle. We are also placing articles in the Town Warrant 
for painting the exterior of the Town Hall and for the 
construction of a conference room. In the past year the 
former kitchen has been remodelled into a large office for 
the Selectmen and this now enables us to meet with larger 
groups with much more ease and efficiency. A conference 
room is very much needed however for use by other Boards 
when conducting hearings etc. 



We are including sufficient money in the Police Department 
budget to enable this department to go on a 40-hour week 
basis in accordance with the recommendation of the Per- 
sonnel Board whose report will be found elsewhere in this 
Town Report. This will require hiring two additional men 
but will enable us to have a schedule set up whereby there 
will be two men in a car on Friday and Saturday evenings. 
Recent developments have proven that this is a must for 
the proper protection of the Town. During the year Edward 
J. Collins, Jr. and Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr. were appointed to 
the permanent ranks of Chief and Sergeant respectively 
under Civil Service. We are also planning to send 2 men 
to the State Police School this year in an attempt to speed 
up this all important instruction to your police officers. 

Proposed Chapter 90 reconstruction of Main Street from 
the vicinity of the Universalist Church to Prospect Street 
was held up when we were notified that the money appro- 
priated was insufficient to do the job. We are requesting 
additional money to be added to that already appropriated 
and intend to have this work done this year. 

Your board feels that the Town should give considerable 
thought to the appointment of a paid Administrative Assist- 
ant to the Board of Selectmen. Such an office could result 
in a more efficient Town government and afford a savings 
to the taxpayers. 

An early heavy snow storm has most forcibly brought to 
our attention the increasingly heavy snow removal problem 
facing the Highway Department by virtue of additional ac- 
cepted streets and the Regional High School Parking lot. 
To enable the Highway Department to efficiently operate on 
this most vital service it has been necessary for us to estab- 
lish a policy of not plowing unaccepted streets except in 
the event of extreme and proven emergency. 

After a quarter of a century as Moderator we must re- 
luctantly accept the wishes of Albert Durkee not to be a 
candidate this year. On behalf of the Town we wish to 
express thanks to Mr. Durkee for his many years of patient 
and unfailing service to the Town of Acton. 

The entire Town was greatly saddened this past spring 
by the sudden and untimely passing of Selectman Aubrey 
C. Kretschmar. Over the years Mr. Kretschmar had given 

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most freely of his time and efforts on many Town boards and 
we and the Town owe him a debt which could never be 
repaid. 

In closing, your Board of Selectmen would like to exter-d 
its most sincere thanks for the excellent cooperation received 
from all Boards. We would also like to thank all the citizens 
of the Town as well for their great understanding and helo- 
fulness on countless occasions. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CHARLES D. MacPHERSOX, 
LEO C. CUNNINGHAM, 
MARTIN S. MEIGS, JR., 

Board of Selectmen. 



TOWN OFFICERS 

Moderator 

Albert P. Durkee 

Selectmen 

Charles D. MacPherson Term Expires 1958 

Leo C. Cunningham Term Expires 1959 

*Aubrey C. Kretschmar Term Expires 1960 

**Martin S. Meigs, Jr Term Expires 1960 

* Deceased ** Elected to replace 

Town Clerk Town Treasurer 

Charles M. MacRae William Henry Soar 

Assessors 

Carl C. Flint Term Expires 1958 

Albert P. Durkee Term Expires 1959 

James W. Baker Term Expires 1960 

Town Collector Tree Warden 

Charles M. MacRae Franklin H. Charter 

Board of Public Welfare 

*A. Perry Marble Term Expires 1958 

Clinton S. Curtis Term Expires 1959 

Lossie E. Laird Term Expires 1960 

**Raymond A. Gallant 

Resigned *'^ Elected to replace 



* 



Cemetery Commissioners 

Howard F. Jones Term Expires 1958 

Harry E. Holt Term Expires 1959 

Ray L. Harris Term Expires 1960 

Constables 

T. Frederick S. Kennedy Edward J. Collins, Jr. 

Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr. David W. Scribner 

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School Committee 

George E. Neagle Term Expires 1958 

Lloyd E. Williamson Term Expires 1958 

Thomas E. Wetherbee Term Expires 1959 

Evelyn N. MacLean Term Expires 1959 

Edmond J. McNiff Term Expires 1960 

Elizabeth H. Boardman Term Expires 1960 

Trustees of Memorial Library 

Frederick T. Heyliger Term Expires 1958 

*Vesta B. Thompson Term Expires 1959 

Florence A. Merriam Term Expires 1960 

**Florence W. Durkee 



* 



Resigned ** Elected to replace 

Board of Health 

0. Lawrence Clark Term Expires 1958 

^Herbert L. Leusher Term Expires 1959 

Martin J. Duggan Term Expires 1960 

**John W. Fish 



* 



Resigned ** Elected to replace 



Planning Board 

Frederick S. Whitcomb Term Expires 1958 

*Aubrey C. Kretschmar Term Expires 1959 

Harold W. Flood Term Expires 1960 

Charles Judd Farley Term Expires 1961 

John H. Loring Term Expires 1962 

*David P. Tinker 

* Resigned ** Elected to replace 

Trustees of Elizabeth White Fund 

Helen B. Wood Term Expires 1958 

Hazel P. Vose Term Expires 1959 

Thelma M. Blood Term Expires 1960 

Trustees of West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

James B. Wilson Terai Expires 1958 

Amo H. Perkins Term Expires 1959 

H. Stuart MacGregor Term Expires 1960 

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Trustees of Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

Herbert W. Merriam Term Expires 1958 

Frederick T. Kennedy Term Expires 1959 

Clarence Frost Term Expires 1960 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund 

Thelma L. Boatman Term Expires 1958 

*Frank E. Greenough Term Expires 1959 

Roy H. Linscott Term Expires 1960 

* Deceased 



APPOINTMENTS MADE BY SELECTMEN — 1957 

Executive Clerk 

Virginia Milbery 

Finance Committee 

Robert T. Lund H. Bradford Sturtevant, IE 

Roger M. Myrick Arthur W. Lee 

*John M. Goddard *David H. Lovejoy 

** Allen G. Moody **Thomas M. Rogers 

* Resigned ** Appointed to replace 

Board of Appeals 

Hayward S. Houghton Term Expires 1958 

Edward M. Ferry Term Expires 1959 

Otto 0. Pasanen Term Expires 1960 

Associates 

Donald W. Parker Term Expires 1958 

John W. Lothrop Term Expires 1960 

Superintendent of Streets 

Benjamin F. Rice 

Registrars of Votei-s 

Julia A. Barry Term Expires 1958 

James B. Wilson Term Expires 1959 

Grace J. Cullinane Term Expires 1960 

Charles M. MacRae Ex-Officio 

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Town Accountant 

Donald 0. Nylander Term Expires 1959 

Chief of Fire Department 

(Permanent) 

H. Stuart MacGregor 

Election Ofl&cers 
Precinct I 

Warden — Irene F. McLaughlin 

Clerk — Paul C. Cornwall 

Inspector — Marion C. Jewell 

Deputy Warden — John F. McLaughlin 

Deputy Clerk — Helen R. Edwards 

Deputy Inspector — Edith M. Hollowell 

Deputy Inspector — Alice C. Duren 

Teller — Inga Frost 

Teller — Katherine M. Condon 

Precinct II 

Warden — Margaret Larsen 
Clerk — Bertha Carr Tucker 
Inspector — Martha I. Lowden 
Inspector — Sophia Walsh 
Deputy Warden — Lucille Cunningham 
Deputy Clerk — Phyllis M. Moyer 
Deputy Inspector — Hazel P. Vose 
Deputy Inspector — Michael J. Walsh 
Teller — Elsie T. Winslow 
Teller — Mabel S. McKelvie 

Precinct III 

Warden — Barbara J. McPhee 
Clerk — Phyllis K. Sprague 
Inspector — Barbara Nylander 
Inspector — Martin J. Duggan 
Deputy Warden — Harry E. Holt 
Deputy Clerk — Stanley A. Nedza 
Deputy Inspector — Elsie M. Godfrey 
Deputy Inspector — Genevieve L. Hatch 
Teller — Minnie C. Veasie 
Teller — Mary H. Prentice 

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Acton "Boxborough Regional District School Committee 

Elizabeth H. Boardman Thomas E. Wetherbee 

Inspector of Animals 

Arno H. Perkins 

Dog Officer 

Carl W. Flint 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 

James E. Kinsley 

Town Forest Committee 

Arno H. Perkins Term Expires 1958 

Emery D. Nelson Term Expires 1959 

Franklin H. Charter Term Expires 1960 

Surveyors of Wood and Lumber 

Oliver D. Wood E. John Torkelsen 

Fence Viewers 

Laurence Hadley Louise F. Leveroni 

Allan R. Murray 

Fire Alarm Operator 

Frederic W. Rimbach 

Field Drivers 

Arno H. Perkins George Kemp 

Superintendent of Moth Work 

Franklin H. Charter 

Burial Agent 

Ian M. Mott 

Veterans' Agent 

Lan M. Mott 

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Director of Veterans' Services 

Ian M. Mott 

Inspector of Wires 

Leslie F. Parke 

Police Officers 

*Edward J. Collins, Jr., Chief 
'Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr., Sergeant 



* Warren F. Birch 
*David W. Scribner 
William J. Durkin, Jr. 
Norman L. Roche 
Richard N. Farrell 
Irving W. Davis 
William S. Kendall 
Benjamin F. Rice 
James P. Conheeney, Jr, 

-" Civil Service 



Louis F. Leveroni 
John F. Canessa 
T. Frederick S. Kennedy 
Carl W. Flint 
Ray L. Harris 
Franklin H. Charter 
Orma L. Clark 
Edward R. Kelly 
James C. Howe 



Superintendent of Jones Memorial Field 

Frederic W. Rimbach 

Superintendent of Goward Field 

Frederic W. Rimbach 

Workmen's Compensation Agent 

Theron A. Lowden 

Director of Civil Defense 

Harry L. Stiegler 

Deputy Director of Civil Defense 

Allen C. Beddoe 



Public Weighers 



W^illiam Braman 
G. Howard Reed 
A. W. Davis 
Philip Newell 
Carl W. Flint 
Harold A. Merriam 
* Deceased 



*Frank E. Greenough 
Otis J. Reed 
Harold Whitney 
Robert Greenough 
Oliver W. LeBlanc, Jr. 
Barbara LeBlanc 



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Counsel to the Board of Selectmen 

John J. Sheehan 

Building Inspector 

Albert E. Foster 

Deputy Building Inspector 

H. Stuart MacGregor 

Archives Committee 

T. Frederick S. Kennedy Joyce C. Woodhead 

Donald P. Felt 

Town Report Committee 

Richard A. Bodge *John H. Loring 

E. Clayton Steeves **Philip C. Lende 

* Resigned ** Appointed to replace 

Personnel Board 

Douglas M. MacGregor H. Edward Wrapp 

Peter Gray 

Industrial Development Committee 

Stephen P. Lord Richard J. O'Neil 

Ellen D. Lothrop *Paul J. Sweeney 

Paul H. Lesure "^'^Frederick H. Bubier 

John M. Whittier 

* Resigned ** Appointed to replace 

Town Building Committee 

James E. Kinsley Term Expires 1957 

Kenneth E. Jewell Term Expires 1958 

Lloyd W. Priest Term Expires 1959 

Norman Mcintosh Term Expires 1960 

Recreation Commission 

Frederick T. Heyliger Patience H. MacPherson 

Margaret J. Lundberg Nicholas Albanese 

Earl F. Hayward, Jr. 

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REVISED JURY LIST — 1957 

Precinct I 

Rusell C. Berry, 54 Hosmer Street, retired 

E. Clayton Steeves, 49 Taylor Road, supervisor 

Juluis Roth, 777 Main Street, factory manager 

Thomas N. Rogers, Coughlin Street, sales mfg. repr. 

Walter L. Perrault, off Concord Road, laboratory technician 

David L. May, 11 Nagog Hill Road, insurance agent 

Alexander A. Morrissette, 495 Main Street, dept. director 

Clark C. McElvein, 460 Main Street, salesman 

Alfred Spence, Pope Road, factory worker 

Louis H. Vigliotti, 260 Great Road, pump man 

Robert E. Woodbine, 44 Brook Street, printer 

John W. Lothrop, 485 Main Street, engineer 

Precinct II 

Sylvester P. Condon, 2 Martin Street, General Motors 

John A. Flaherty, 11 Chadwick Street, rigger 

George W. Larrabee, 37 Liberty Street, equipment operator 

Galen R. McLaughlin, 31 Prospect Street, tool maker 

Arthur McKelvie, 48 Main Street, plumber 

Edwin B. Murdough, 87 School Street, civil engineer 

Frederick F. Lawrence, 49 Main Street, electric welder 

Warren Ames, Jr., 76 Robbins Street, office work 

Milton H. Auffinger, Piper Road, dispatcher 

Russell C. Balduf , Laws Brook Road, West Acton Canteen 

William S. Boyd, 80 R. Liberty Street, asst. prod, engineer 

Frank G. Buhrig, 88 Central Street, mechanical engineer 

Precinct III 

Ernest K. Andei-son, 251 Newtown Road, postal clerk 

Irving 0. Berlied, 74 Summer Street, carpenter 

George H. Locke, Jr., 235 Arlington Street, assembly man 

Clyde J. Home, 13 Orchard Drive, assistant plant manager 

Donald J. MacLennan, Nash Road, engineer 

John Fitzallen Moore, 47 Mohawk Drive, scientist 

Edward M. Kelly, 15 Mohegan Road, assistant manager 

Hervey Gauvin, 7 Mohegan Road, physicist 

Robert B. Lightbody, 3 Lillian Road, manager 

William P. McDonald, 58 Seminole Road, engineer 

Matthew D. Freeman, Prospect Street, plumber 

Thomas M. Sheehan, 596 Mass. Avenue, construction worker 

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ACTON TOWN REPORT COMMITTEE 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

We do not feel it necessary to make a detailed report since 
we believe the work of the committee is self-evident. How- 
ever, we do wish to record a few thoughts as to future 
plans of the committee and we hope that the citizens will 
express any ideas or suggestions to the committee. While 
we will welcome any criticisms, in our opinion the time of 
Town Meeting should not be utilized as a forum for the 
expression of ideas for future Town Reports. 

The committee has envisioned the Town Reports on a 
five-year rotation plan whereby the major departments in 
the Town will be given special pictorial and literary coverage. 
We also expect a minor coverage will be given to certain 
other Town services and officers, such as the special library 
historical report included; however, you will note several 
reports of appointed officials are omitted. These reports 
have been filed with the Selectmen and are available for 
inspection at the Town Hall. 

We are continuing our investigation of the various printing 
methods in order to take advantage at all times of any 
economies that can be accomplished. The committee is striv- 
ing also to improve the general style and content of the 
Town report. 

The members of the committee would like to acknowledge 
their appreciation for the able assistance of Miss Virginia 
Milbery and the cooperation of the various department heads. 

Respectfully submitted, 

RICHARD A. BODGE 
E. CLAYTON STEEVES 
PHILLIP C. LENDE 



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special Fire Department Report 




ON THE MOVE! 



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H. S. MacGREGOR 
Chief 



In the course of a personal interview with Hanson S. 
MacGregor, your Acton Town Report Committee learned 
that this gentleman is now serving his 25th year as a Chief 
of the Acton Fire Department. The members of this com- 
mittee join all the Town's citizens, I am sure, in wishing Mr. 
MacGregor well in his future years of service. 

Hanson Stuart MacGregor could be described as an 
Actonian through and through. He was bom on Arlington 
St. in West Acton on Nov. 2, 1902. His early life w^as spent 
in West Acton. While his mother is a native-boni West 



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Actonian, his father came from Canada. There are no 
brothers in the family, but he has two sisters, one born 
in Concord and one in West Acton. Both sisters are married. 

Chief MacGregor attended Acton grade schools. After 
two years at Concord High he studied to be a machinist 
for two years at the Lowell Vocational School. The job of 
railroad crossing attendant at Hapgood's Crossing in West 
Acton was his first. His father died when Chief MacGregor 
was 16 years old, and the Chief took over this attendant's 
job after his father's death. 

Later he worked at Fitzgerald's Garage as a mechanic's 
helper. Next we find him a private chauffer in Sharon and 
then in Brookline. After that he was a radio parts assembler 
at Clapp-Eastman. It was as a foreman that he returned 
to Fitzgerald's. Then in 1919 he started a garage of his 
own, a place which was formerly an old Cooper Shop which 
specialized in the making of apple barrels. 

In 1922 he built a garage known at that time as the 
Acton Motor Company. This garage is now called the A & M 
Motors, and it is operated by his son, Malcolm. In 1953 
he built the Amoco Station on Massachusetts Ave. In 1956 
his ownership of the building and property was retained 
when he leased the facilities in order to devote full time to 
his duties as Fire Chief. 

Hanson MacGregor was appointed permanent Fire Chief 
of Acton on April 1, 1956. Prior to that his record is an 
interesting one as a volunteer fireman. On July 24, 1924 
he put in his first day as a volunteer. A lieutenant he be- 
came in March of 1927; Captain in March, 1929; District 
Chief on May 1, 1930; and Call-Chief on May 1, 1933. 

Ruth Helen Hewitt became his wife in Acton on December 
24, 1927. 

Chief MacGregor has sei^^ed the Town well and faithfully 
and certainly deserves a vote of thanks. Among his many 
other duties he has always kept abreast of modern improve- 
ments, and he has attended the International Fire Chief's 
Association Convention in Portsmouth, N. H. for ten con- 
secutive years. 

Best of luck to you, Mac! 

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A CALL FOR HELP! 




C. FROST 



FIRE ENGINEERS 

L. PRIEST A. PERKINS 



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SOUTH ACTON COMPANY 




WEST ACTON COMPANY 



THE ACTON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT 

In the 1956 annual reports for the Town of Acton it was 
shown how the Town boundaries were determined by the 
weather vane on top of historic Acton Centre Congregational 
Church. This sub-division of Acton into North, East, South 
and West brought an independence within the volunteer fire 
departments, an independence which caused a great rivalry 
between each volunteer section of Town. Therefore, the 
single fire department we now have is a combination of 
three separate volunteer departments which were located at 
Acton Centre, West Acton and South Acton. Today, the 
station houses located in these sections of Acton are under 
one chief, one administration, and serve one cause. 

In the early days of Acton, and, in fact, for quite a few 
years thereafter, the three departments were true, bitter 
rivals. This bitterness and independence made it a disgrace 
to call on one another for help. If assistance were needed 
by any one section, chances are that the help came from 
Concord, Littleton or Maynard, rather than from, ** . . . 
one of those other Acton Departments." 

On March 29, 1915, the Town voted authorization to the 
Selectmen to organize a single fire department, appoint en- 
gineers, and establish pay of firemen. Four hundred dollars 
was appropriated for this purpose, and the first fire chief of 
Acton, William H. Kingsley, was appointed. In succeeding 
years Clarence D. Cram of West Acton (1924), Frank W. 
Hoit of South Acton (1927), George K. Hayward of South 
Acton (1931), and Hanson S. MacGregor of West Acton 
(1933), were appointed as Fire Chiefs for the Town of 
Acton. In 1955 the position of fire chief was put on a per- 
manent basis with tenure in office. 

Today, fifty-eight personel form what is known as the 
Town of Acton Volunteer Fire Department ; fifty-eight people, 
your friends and neighbors, who actively give their time. 

Just what is a volunteer fireman? What makes him a 
volunteer and what does he do when there are no fires to 
be checked, no maintenance to be made, or none of the 
sundry other duties to be perfonned? As opposed to the 
regularly employed fireman who is a thinking, w^orking and 
sleeping fire department, the volunteer must adjust himself 
to become a fireman at the sound of the alarm. Regardless 
of time of day or weather, regardless of his present occu- 

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pation, the volunteer must cease what he is doing and 
proceed immediately to the station or fire. 

To the uninterested it must seem like quite a responsibility, 
especially since little or no pay is involved. Why do they 
do it? Because they want to, because of the public service 
that is rendered, and because they like it. 

Training is on a volunteer basis. Saturday afternoons 
when the cool beaches sound their beckoning call, on Sunday 
when gardening and golf are the predominant occupation, 
and in the evenings w^hen TV in the form of delightful plays 
brings its enjoyment, that is when the Acton volunteers 
have their training. This is not to say every spare moment 
is spent in training, but they are training when one of you 
is engaged in an activity mentioned above. Their time is 
given, and given freely, when those of you who are protected 
by their energies are enjoying yourselves with peace of mind 
and confidence, formed in no little part due to the experience 
and capabilities of your Acton Volunteer Fire Department. 

Effective training is dependent upon the seasons. Summer- 
time sees the volunteers, one to four nights a month, with 
the trucks and equipment acquainting themselves under 
conditions likely to arise in their lives as volunteer firemen. 
During the inclement conditions of winter, the men hold 
monthly meetings reviewing past experiences and training. 
Problems are discussed and experts in the field of fire fighting 
lead discussions, narrate movies, and lecture on improvements 
in methods and equipment. Every few years a thorough 
refresher course is held, comprised of eight lessons con- 
ducted by an instructor supplied by the state. These eight 
lessons and drills are as follows: 

1. The proper method of dressing hydrants and the laying 
of 2V2 inch hose (from hydrant to fire and from fire 
to hydrant). 

2. Setting up pumps to draft and the operation of charged 
lines. 

3. The raising and climbing of ladders (leg lock). 

4. Artificial respiration, both manual and mechanical. 

5. The raising of roof ladders and the fireman's carry. 

6. Salvage operations. 

7. The proper use of gas masks under smoke conditions. 

8. The proper use of fog nozzles, COc and foam extin- 
guishei^ on oil and gasoline fires. 

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The first Acton fire station was constructed in 1903. 
Located in West Acton on Windsor Avenue one block from 
the Town center, this white, wooden structure is still in use 
today. However, under construction and to be completed in 
the Spring of 1958, is a new building which will replace the 
fifty-five year old Windsor Avenue station. This new and 
modern structure will be a distant cry from the first of the 
Acton stations, which, incidentally, was built at a cost of 
$1,313.00 and used to house a hand drawn chemical tank, a 
hand drawn hose reel and a horse drawn ladder wagon. 

As Acton grew so did its need for suflficient fire control. 
Therefore, in 1925, 1927 and as recently as 1951, additional 
stations were built at a combined cost of nearly $60,000.00. 

One benevolent Actonian, a Mrs. Gertrude C. Daniels of 
North Acton, presented a gift of her Chalmers touring car 
as the first motorized fire-fighting vehicle. The year was 
1917 and the auto was housed in her own garage and fur- 
nished with a driver at her own cost. Quite imaginable, the 
equipment consisted of brooms, shovels and inadequate hand 
fire extinguishers. Soon thereafter this handsome fire truck 
was moved to the West Acton station, equipped with two 
30-gallon chemical tanks, a booster hose and a 21/2 inch 
water hose. As unusual as it was eflficient, this vehicle was 
the Town of Acton fire truck until 1924. 

It was at this time that the Town allocated $10,000 to 
purchase three pieces of fire equipment. One, a four cylinder 
Reo Speed-Wagon chassis replaced the Daniels' Chalmers tour- 
ing car, adopted its equipment, and was moved to Acton 
Centre. Two other Reo Speed-Wagons were purchased and 
placed at the stations in West Acton and South Acton. 

In 1930, $2,189.53 was spent to purchase a Model A Ford 
stake body truck, which was used as a forest fire truck and 
housed in the Acton Centre station. This truck was equipped 
with a portable forest fire pump and a IVs inch forest fire 
hose. 

In 1934 a new piece of fire apparatus for Acton Centre 
was purchased for $2,935.00. This was a II/2 ton Reo chassis 
equipped with a 500 gallon pump, a 100 gallon booster tank 
and a booster hose and hose body to carry 1200 feet of 2V2 
inch hose. This truck is now being used as a spare and as 
a supplement by the auxiliary firemen. 

In 1936 two Reo Seagrave pumping engines were purchased 
at a cost of $8,000.00. These trucks were equipped v/ith 

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500 gallon capacity pumps, 100 gallon booster tanks, reels 
to carry 400 feet of booster hose, and had the capacity to 
carry 1200 feet of 21/2 inch hose. One truck was placed in 
the West Acton station and the other at South Acton, both 
of which are still in service today. 

A Ford ladder truck was purchased for $3,996.50 in 1943 
and placed in the South Acton station. This new truck was 
equipped, in time, with a 2500 watt portable generator, life 
net, resuscitator, gas masks, flood lights, salvage covers, a 
radio, a 100 gallon booster pump, a 150 gallon booster tank, 
a booster hose reel, hose body to carry 1,000 feet of II/2 
inch hose and racks to carry the ladders which were taken 
off an old Packard Ladder truck originally purchased by 
the South Acton Fire Company. 

In 1947 a new forest Are truck was purchased at a cost of 
$4,698.50. Still in service today, this truck was obtained 
as a replacement for the old fire truck at Acton Centre. 
A 11/2 ton Ford, it is equipped with a 200 gallon booster 
pump, hose reels to carry 3,000 feet of li/a inch hose, a 
radio, pump cans, a portable pump, a 500 gallon booster 
tank, and two power hose reels to carry 500 feet of booster 
hose. 

A rescue truck was purchased in 1948 for $6,000.00, con- 
sisting of 11/2 ton Ford Chassis with a special body to carrj^ 
the following eqiupment: a 5 kw generator, flood lights, 
radio, electric saws and drills, jacks of various types, ropes, 
life belts, resuscitators, smoke ejectors, traflfic lights, grap- 
pHng irons, gas masks and rubber suits. This is presently 
in the West Acton station and replaced the 1924 pump 
previously mentioned. 

The most recent piece of fire apparatus was purchased in 
1955. Acquired for $15,000.00 and placed in Acton Centre, 
this truck is an International 4-ton chassis equipped with a 
750 gallon pump, two 400 foot power booster hose reels, 500 
feet of 11/2 iiich hose, a 500 gallon booster tank, a resusci- 
tator, gas masks, a portable pump, a radio, a 250 watt 
transformer, a 30 foot extension ladder, a 14 foot roof 
ladder, a 10 foot folding ladder and a capacity to carry 1200 
feet of 21/2 inch hose. 

Quite naturally, a fire department is only as good as its 
alarm system. In the early days church bells were used, 
but they were replaced by a siren at West Acton and in- 
dividual whistles at Acton Centre and South Acton. Although 

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adequate for the times, the siren and whistle system of 
alarm was replaced in 1937 with the installation of air 
tanks, compressors, a whistle and circuit board, and an 
alarm transmitter which was installed in the telephone office. 
This system gave the Actons a 24-hour coverage by the 
telephone operators. 

In 1940 a new whistle and circuit panel were installed in 
the South Acton station and wired to the West Acton sta- 
tion. A year later, in 1941, a new whistle and circuit panel 
were installed in the Acton Centre station and wired to the 
West Acton circuit; thus all three fire stations were con- 
nected together so that the alarm sounded in the three 
sections of Town simultaneously. 

In 1952 the old telephone method was abolished and re- 
placed by the dial system. Consequently, this required a 
change in the operation of the fire alarm and the transmitter 
was, therefore, installed in the home of Frederic Rimbach 
who operates the alarm on a 24-hour basis. Our alaiTn 
system has been extended throughout the Town with the 
addition of street boxes and tappers, and in 1953 a radio was 
installed in the Rimbach home and in several of the fire 
trucks giving us a complete communication system. 

Not all of the alarms are given because of an uncontrol- 
lable fire. In fact the service of the fire department is 
rapidly exceeding that of fire fighting. What other depart- 
ment in Acton, or any other rural or urban area throughout 
this vast country can perform the service, mobilize the equip- 
ment and manpower, and fulfill the need as effectively as 
your fire department? 

Hurricanes, storms and floods, auto accidents and cave-ins, 
all possess a need for immediate attention. The rescue of 
cats from trees and dogs from ponds, bridging water main 
breaks so that a minimum of residents are without water 
while repairs are made, the pumping of cellars and the fur- 
nishing of generated electrical power, heart attack victims 
and others in need of resuscitators ; yes all of these and 
many more are events that confront your Acton Volunteer 
Fire Department. 

These responsibilities of your fire department, and there- 
fore of you, present many problems which should be brought 
to the attention of all Acton residents. Quite predominant 
is the lack of facilities of the Town to combat a large 
gasoline fire. To effectively portray our need the following 
hypothetical situation is presented. 

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The ABC Trucking Company with headquarters in Pep- 
perill has received a request from the Paramount Oil Cor- 
poration of Lincoln, Mass., to deliver 500 gallons of Hi- 
octane gasoline. The order is processed and John Doe, age 
35, is picked to make the delivery. John has a family, and 
since this is his son's birthday he is anxious to make quick 
delivery and return to his home. However, like everyone, 
John Doe has a bad day now and then and today is one 
of those times. Ten minutes out of Pepperill he finds the 
connection between the cab and trailer has loosened. Re- 
turning to the Pepperill garage, replacing his load and 
fighting late afternoon traffic, John Doe has lost an hour 
of his valuable time. Naturally he is in a hurry, and quite 
naturally John increases his speed. The finish is evident. 
Speed plus traffic equals accident and 500 gallons of gasoline 
is erupted into an explosive nightmare of fire and misery. 
The result? Acton lost 50 acres of wooded land, home loss 
was threatened, traffic was snarled for hours, and seriously 
injured John Doe is made responsible for the deed. However, 
do not discount in a frivolous manner that this loss could 
have been reduced had the Acton Volunteer Fire Depart- 
ment possessed adequate equipment with which to combat 
a blaze of this nature. Similarily, the Town of Acton is 
on a direct landing approach with Bedford Airport. You 
have read many times of accidents involving the failure of 
an aircraft on its landing approach. The consequence? Pos- 
sible death and destruction by an uncontrollable gasoline and 
oil fire. The remedy? Better protection in the form of 
equipment. At the present time we have almost nothing to 
take care of a fire of these proportions. 

But now, what of the future? In addition to our need 
for sufficient equipment with which to combat a large 
gasoline fire, the Town of Acton has a long range develop- 
ment plan which will allow proper growth of the Town, 
in keeping with the fire underwriter's recommendations. 
After a fire apparatus becomes 20 years old it is no longer 
recognized by the underwriters and is considered obsolete. 
Our plan is as follows: 

1958 — Replace the 22-years-old engine number 4 at West 
Acton with a new pumping engine. Engine 4 to be kept 
in reserve as a spare and also for use of the Auxiliary 
firemen. 

1960 — Replace the fire station at South Acton. This 
building, the oldest of the Acton fire stations, is too small 
to accommodate modem fire equipment. Although careful 

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consideration has been given to the remodehng of this 
station, its location and the small amount of land, make 
it impractical. 

1961 — Purchase a new pumping engine to replace Engine 
3 at South Acton which will be 25 years old at that time. 
Engine 3 to be reserved as a spare and also for use by the 
Auxiliary firemen. 

1967 — Purchase a new ladder truck to replace the ladder 
tru€k at South Acton which will be 25 years old. 

1970 — Replace Engine 5 at Acton Centre which will be 
24 years old. 

1973 — Replace Rescue 6 at West Acton which will be 24 
years old. 

To date, the Acton Volunteer Fire Department consists 
of the following personnel and equipment. 

Personnel : One Fire Chief for the Town. 

Three Deputy Chiefs — one in each precinct. 
Six Lieutenants — two in each precinct. 
Forty-five fire fighters — 15 in each precinct. 

Equipment : Five portable small pumps. 
One portable light plant. 
One 5000 watt light plant. 
Eight flood lights. 
Four resuscitators. 
4500 feet of IVs inch forest fire hose. 
600 feet of II/2 inch forest fire hose. 
9200 feet of 21/0 inch hose. 
2750 feet of II/2 inch hose. 
1450 gallons of water cai-ried (total on all 

apparatus). 
One portable deck gun. 

Apparatus : One 750 gallon pump. 

Three 500 gallon pumps. 
One rescue truck. 
One ladder truck. 
One forest fire truck. 

Also there are numerous small items consisting of salvage 
covers, woolen blankets, life net, life belt, saws, drill, jacks, 
grappling irons, first aid kits, ropes, chains, gas masks, 
rubber suits, heavy rubber gloves, smoke ejectors, stretchers, 
and dozens of small tools. 

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Our Town alarm system consists of: 



Non-automatic : 



Automatic : 



Three alarm system, one in each precinct. 

Fifty-one street boxes throughout the 

Town. 

Twenty tappers located in the firemen's 

homes. 

One base radio station. 

Two base station remote control sets. 

Six mobile radios. 

One school. 
One church. 
Five factories. 



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SEVEN POINTS THAT MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE 

IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY 

OR FIRE 

1. Dial 3-4321 to report a fire only. Never dial this num- 
ber unless you are reporting a fire or are in need of 
assistance resulting from an emergency. 

2. For information regarding your fire department dial 
Co. 3-4366. Do not dial this number to report a fire as 
the delay may be very costly to you. 

3. When practical, always use a street box alarm. 

4. When reporting a fire be calm, give the street number 
and section of Town in which the fire is occuiTing, and 
if possible the fire location number. This number can 
be found on the nearest fire alarm street box utility 
pole, in the Annual Fireman's Year Book, or by calling 
Co. 3-4366. This number is very important and should 
be recorded near your home telephone. 

5. Do not call the operator or dial your local fire station 
to report a fire or an emergency. Your telephone opera- 
tor is located in Ayer, Massachusetts and may not be 
famihar with Acton. Your fire department is a volun- 
teer department and the personnel do not maintain a 
24-hour presence at any of the the stations. 

6. A fire is the business of the fire department and of 
those whose property is threatened. Everyone likes 
an audience, but not when life and property are at 
stake. You can do more good as a home spectator 
watching the trucks go by than you can as a scene 
spectator hindering effective operation. 

7. Remember, to report a fire simply dial 3-4321. A sug- 
gestion in remembering this number is that they consist 
of the first four numbers in our numerical system, 
except in reverse order. 4-3-2-1 — dial 3-4321. 

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REPORT OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I hereby submit my twenty-fifth annual report of the 
Fire Department for the year ending December 31, 1957. 

Total number of alarms responded to are as follows: 

Residential 6 

Non-Residential 2 

Mercantile 2 

Manufacturing 5 

Miscellaneous 3 

Grass and Brush 48 

Automobile, etc 20 

False Alarms 5 

Smoke scares and honest mistakes 14 

Accidents and Emergencies 15 

Out of Town 2 

122 

Loss to buildings $59,035.00 

Loss to contents 15,575.00 

Loss to automobiles 4,492.00 

Permits issued: 

Oil and Power Burners 146 

Bottled Gas 39 

Blasting 42 

Open Air Fires 593 

Inspections and Investigations 443 

Collected for Oil, Gas and Blasting Permits $113.50 

Collected on fires 234.85 

Miscellaneous Cash Collections 75.31 

Article 10. A new fire alarm transmitter and a remote 
control radio set were purchased and installed at the Acton 
Center fire station. This gives us two places to handle fire 
alarms; in case something happened to one, the other could 
be put into ser\ice with almost no delay. 

Article 11. The fire alarm circuit was extended on Arling- 
ton Street, Agawam Road, Mohegan Road, Seminole Road, 
Seneca Road, Mohawk Drive, Oneida Road and Orchard 
Drive and ten street boxes were installed in this circuit 
and put into service, September 24, 1957. Also, a master 

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fire alarm box was installed on the Julia McCarthy School, 
which will work in conjunction with a system to be installed 
within the building by the school department and will send 
in an alarm automatically. 

Articles 12 and 13. The property owned by H. B. Smith 
at 256 Central Street, West Acton has been purchased, the 
old building removed, the grounds rough graded and the 
construction of a new fire station has started. We expect 
this building to be completed and ready for occupancy in 
the Spring of 1958. 

This year we were able to purchase 500 feet of 2i/^ inch 
hose and 600 feet of 11/^ inch forest fire hose. We also 
purchased a portable deck gun, which is a heavy water 
stream appliance, as recommended by the Underwriters. 

Again this year we were able to comply with several 
recommendations of the Fire Underwriters as follows: 

19b Salvage operations improved. 

20a Replace old fire station at West Acton. 

21 Program developed for drilling and training depart- 
ment personnel. 

25 New Building to house fire alarm equipment — under 
construction. 

26a and b Improve the fire alarm system to conform to 
a Type '*B" system with at least 4 box circuits and instru- 
ment protecton as required by the National Board of Fire 
Underwriters — under construction. 

32b: Installed 11 new street boxes. 

33b: Fire limits voted for West Acton, also voted regula- 
tions in accordance with National Building Code within fire 
limits. 

I feel that if the Underwriters' recommendations are car- 
ried out, we will be in a position to have our insurance rate 
lowered. 

In 1958 I would recommend modernizing the alarm equip- 
ment at headquarters. I feel that as the equipment has to 
be moved into the new building, this is the time to improve 
it. 

I am recommending a new pumping engine for West Acton 
to replace the old engine which is 22 years old. I also recom- 
mend that the Town purchase a four door station wagon 
to be used by the Fire Chief. The Chief would carry emer- 

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gency first aid fire fighting equipment in his car and a 
station wagon would allow more of this equipment to be 
carried. The Chief's car is used daily in carrying out his 
duties, such as Inspections, Investigations, fire patrol in 
season and various other services performed by the depart- 
ment. The Town, at the present time, is paying for this 
service on a mileage basis, but I feel it more practical and 
economical for the vehicle to be Town owned. 

I recommend that an auxiliary power unit be purchased 
for use at fire alarm headquarters for communications in 
case of power failure. 

The apparatus and equipment are in good condition. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. S. MacGREGOR, 
Chief of Fire Department. 



REPORT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 
Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my first annual report for the Police 
Department for the year ending December 31, 19,57. This 
report includes all arrests made within the Town during 
the past year. Arrests and prosecutions, reports on Motor 
Vehicle accidents, bicycle registrations, houses checked, park- 
ing violations, defective equipment tags and other items. 

Arrests and prosecutions for the following offenses: 

Allowing improper person to operate a motor 

vehicle 1 

Assault and Battery 4 

Assault by means of a dangerous weapon 3 

Attaching plates 1 

Attempted Break and Entry with intent to commit 

misdemeanor 1 

Breaking and Entering 1 

Breaking and Entering and Larceny 2 

Breaking and Entering and Larceny of Dwelling .. 1 

Drunkenness 23 

Failure to slow at intersection 1 

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Failure to use care in turning 1 

Giving wrong name to officer 2 

Going away after Property Damage 2 

Improper Plates 1 

Inadequate Brakes 1 

Larceny 6 

Larceny of Automobile 2 

Law of the Road 3 

Leaving Pistol unattended in car 1 

Loaded Shotgun in Motor Vehicle 1 

Making check without funds 3 

Malicious Injury to Property 1 

Manslaughter 3 

No Inspection Sticker 1 

No License 12 

No Registration in possession 2 

Non-Support 1 

Open and Gross Lewdness 1 

Operating after revocation of License 1 

Operating after suspension of License 1 

Operating an uninspected Motor Vehicle 10 

Operating an uninsured Motor Vehicle 5 

Operating an unregistered Motor Vehicle 9 

Operating so as to endanger 31 

Operating Under the influence of Intoxicating 

Liquor 11 

Parking obstructing highway 1 

Passing where view was obstructed 4 

Perjury 1 

Red Light violation 18 

Registration not in possession 1 

School Bus violation 30 

Speeding 238 

Speed Regulations 86 

Stop Sign violation 19 

Sunday Trucking 1 

Unattended Motor Vehicle 1 

Using Motor Vehicle Without Authority 1 

Uttering Check d/o Funds 3 

Vagrancy 3 

Delinquent Child — Breaking and Entering and 

Larceny, Ngt 1 

Delinquent Child — Speeding 1 

Delinquent Child — Assault and Battery, Danger- 
ous Weapon 1 

Delinquent Child — Malicious Injury to Property 1 

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Delinquent Child — Breaking and Entering with 

intent to commit a misdemeanor 7 

Delinquent Child — No License, Motor Vehicle .... 1 

Delinquent Child — Operating so as to endanger 1 

Delinquent Child — Refusing to Stop 1 



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Motor Vehicle Accident Report: 1956 1957 

Total number of accidents reported 94 115 

Number of occupants injured 64 57 

Number of pedestrians injured 1 1 

Bicyclists killed 2 

Motorcyclists injured 1 

Horseback rider injured 1 

Miscellaneous Statistics: 

Complaints received and investigated 212 

Motor vehicles checked by night patrol 300 

Summonses served 106 

Fire alarms answered 108 

Doors found unlocked in buildings and places of 

business 57 

Street lights out, reported to Edison Company .... 93 

Property check, slips left at request of owners .... 2,883 

Motorists assisted by patrol 22 

Prowlers reported 8 

Suicides reported and investigated 1 

Cruiser ambulance trips to hospital 45 

Parking tickets given 38 

Defective Equipment tickets 98 

Nighttime parking tickets given 47 

Bicycles Registered 173 

There were 1,038 motor vehicles checked by this depart- 
ment for traffic or motor vehicle violations for which the 
operators received verbal warnings, summonses to appear 
in court or had the violation reported to the Registrar of 
Motor Vehicles for action. 

Although the number of accidents reported was higher 
than last year, the injury rate was less. 

We were unfortunate to have a double fatality on Route 
#2 at the intersection of Wetherbee Street, where two little 
girls were killed, while riding on a bicycle. 

Many of the accidents listed occurred on Route #2 and 
were covered by Officers of the department. I feel that the 

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intersections of Hosmer Street, Taylor Road, Piper Road, 
Wetherbee Street and School Street on Route #2 have given 
us a lot of unnecessary accidents. The original engineering 
of the road in my opinion was poor. Route #2 is an express 
highway and I feel that the intersections mentioned above 
should be eliminated either by ramps or bridges. The 
Board of Selectmen are in the process of taking action 
relative to these intersections. 

Cruisers : 

We have two ciiiisers; a 1956 Dodge sedan and a 19i57 
Ford ranch wagon. The ranch wagon is a combination 
cruiser ambulance which can be used for emergency purposes. 

I am recommending we trade the 1956 Dodge for a ranch 
type vehicle. By Town Meeting time the Dodge will have 
over 70,000 miles on the speedometer and will be 30 months 
old. I feel that 30 months is too long a period to keep a 
cruiser as the trade-in value drops way down and the repair 
bills are very high after the first year. 

Personnel Records: 

On August 1, 1957 I was appointed permanent Chief. On 
September 1, 1957 Officer Fenton was appointed a permanent 
Sergeant. We have at this time a Chief, a Sergeant and 
five Patrolmen. 

The work schedule of our department is set up on a 
48-hour a week basis. The regular Patrolmen of my de- 
partment have to work eight hours a week more than Patrol- 
men of Maynard and Concord for the same pay that Maynard 
and Concord Patrolmen receive for 40 hours. I feel that 
this is way out of proportion and should be changed. The 
Officers of my department are doing a fine job and are 
equal to those of surrounding Towns in every respect. There- 
fore I have recommended to the Board of Selectmen that a 
40-hour week be adopted for all members of the department 
which will bring our department up to the standard of sur- 
rounding towns. 

Last year our secretary, Mrs. Thompson, resigned and 
moved to Maine. She was replaced by Mrs. Medlar who is 
doing a fine job. 

In closing, I wish to thank all the members of the depart- 
ment who cooperated with me in carrying out the duties of 
the Police Department during the past year. I also wish 

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to express my thanks to the Board of Selectmen for their 
co-operation and to any others who assisted us, we are 
grateful. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWARD J. COLLINS, JR., 

Chief of Police. 



REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year ending Decem- 
ber 31, 1957. 

Chapter 90 — Construction 

The amount of $30,000.00 was appropriated for work on 
Main Street, from Central Street to Prospect Street. A 
survey and estimate was then made by the State and it was 
decided that approximately $55,000.00 was needed for this 
work, due to the need of setting back a retaining wall and 
installing an adequate drainage system. 

It was agreed upon by the State, County and Town Officials 
that if the allotmen was held over and combined with the 
$30,000.00 to be requested for 1958, the work could be 
advertised early in the Spring, at which time a lower bid 
could be expected and the job completed before the contrac- 
tor's busy season. 

Chapter 90 — Maintenance 

A total of $5,000.00 was expended for the resurfacing of 
our Chapter 90 Roads. 

Chaapter 81 

Work under this Chapter included the complete or partial 
oiling of the following gravel roads: Charter, Coughlin, 
Fort Pond, Haynes, Kinsley, Lilac, Martin, Orchard, Robbins 
and Spruce. 

The oiling of more gravel roads is anticipated for 1958. 

To date, the State has not given any indication of increas- 
ing their allotment under this Chapter. Inasmuch as the 

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cost of labor, material and equipment has risen, it has become 
necessary to relieve this account of some of the smaller 
items and add them to another account. 

Chapter 718 

Part of the money from this account has been allotted 
for work at a curve on School Street. This work is well 
under way and will be completed in the Spring. The re- 
mainder was allotted for the construction of a sidewalk on 
Main Street in conjunction with Chapter 90 Construction. 

Brook at Homestead — Article 16, 1956 — Article 39, 1957 

Work on this project has been completed. The dry summer 
enabled us to save more than $5,000.00. The water table has 
been lowered in a larger area than was anticipated and the 
results are most gratifying. 

Drainage 

New catch basin systems have been installed on Spruce 
Street, Coughlin Street, Hayward Road, Conant Street and 
Central Street and more will be needed as building along 
the roadways is eliminating places for surface water to drain. 

Side drains were installed on Hayward Road and Piper 
Road and it will be necessary to extend these in 1958. 

Thirty catch basins were added to our drainage system 
in 1957, bring the total number to 223. 

New Equipment 

The spreader box purchased last year and used to sand 
freshly oiled roads, has proved very satisfactory, as has 
our new rock drill. 

We are asking for a new truck equipped with radio, dump 
body, and snow plow. Also a sand spreader to be mounted 
on our 1946 truck, in place of the dump body, for the 
winter season. 

The purchase of a tractor, equipped with a back-hoe and 
a clam shell attachment for cleaning catch basins and drop 
inlets, should be considered for 1959. 

It is becoming increasingly evident that more cleaning 
up is expected in the Spring, due to the sand used in the 
Winter accumulating in the gutters. We plan to rent a road 

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sweeper for this purpose and if it proves satisfactory we 
would like to purchase one in the near future. 

Miscellaneous 

THvo large overhead doors were installed in the garage 
and are well worth the expenditure. 

At the March Town Meeting it was voted to change the 
names of several streets. Correct name signs were pur- 
chased and placed where necessary. 

The present Highway Department quarters are becoming 
inadequate and it is necessary to store some materials in 
other locations. Due to the increased business at the Town 
Hall, the Highway equipment often has difficulty entering 
and leaving the yard. 

To eliminate the above conditions, I suggest some thought 
be given towards acquiring a new location for the Highway 
Department. 

I would like to thank the Townspeople and the various 
departments for their co-operation during the year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

BENJAMIN F. RICE, 
Superintendent of Streets. 



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47 



RECORD OF 
TOWN ELECTION HELD MARCH 4, 1957 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 
Whole number of votes east 200 211 370 781 

MODERATOR, one year 

Albert P. Durkee 166 176 322 664 

Sworn by Town Clerk, March 5, 1957 

Scattered 1 12 

Blanks 33 35 47 115 

TOWN CLERK, one year 

Charles M. MacRae 180 189 336 705 

Sworn by Moderator, March 5, 1957 

Scattered 3 14 

Blanks 17 22 33 72 

SELECTMAN, three years 

Victor E. Comellier 5 10 6 21 

Frank R. Dickinson 19 16 43 78 

Aubrey C. Kretschmar 110 128 184 422 

Sworn by Town Clerk, March 5, 1957 

Martin S. Meigs, Jr 63 50 132 245 

Scattered 1 1 

Blanks 3 7 4 14 

ASSESSOR, three years 

James W. Baker 174 189 341 704 

Sworn by Town Clerk, March 11, 1957 

Scattered 1 1 

Blanks 25 22 29 76 

BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE, three years 

Lossie E. Laird 180 183 334 697 

Sworn by Town Clerk, March 6, 1957 
Blanks 20 28 36 84 

BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE, two years 
to fill vacancy 

Clinton S. Curtis 177 182 324 683 

Sworn by Town Clerk, March 15, 1957 
Blanks 23 29 46 98 

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TREASURER, one year 

Wm. Henry Soar 184 188 343 715 

Sworn by Town Clerk, March 11, 1957 
Blanks 16 23 27 66 

TOWN COLLECTOR, one year 

Charles M. MacRae 184 189 336 709 

Sworn by Moderator, March 5, 1957 
Blanks 16 22 34 72 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, three years 

Edmond J. McNiff 159 184 325 668 

Elizabeth H. Boardman 147 147 269 563 

Sworn by Town Clerk, March 5, 1957 (both) 

Scattered 2 2 

Blanks 94 91 144 329 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, one year to fill vacancy 

Lloyd E. Williamson 170 169 312 651 

Sworn by Town Clerk, March 5, 1957 
Blanks 30 42 58 130 

CONSTABLES, one year 

Edward J. Collins, Jr 174 184 335 693 

Sworn by Town Clerk, March 8, 1957 
T. Frederick S. Kennedy .... 167 185 320 672 

Sworn by Town Clerk, March 4, 1957 
Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr 178 192 340 710 

Sworn by Town Clerk, March 5, 1957 
David W. Scribner 174 185 326 685 

Sworn by Town Clerk, March 14, 1957 
Blanks 107 98 159 364 

CEMETERY COMMISSIONER, three years 

Ray L. Harris 168 188 334 690 

Sworn by Town Clerk, March 13, 1957 

Scattered 1 4 5 

Blanks 31 23 32 86 

BOARD OF HEALTH, three years 

Martin J. Duggan 169 185 339 693 

Sworn by Town Clerk, March 11, 1957 
Blanks 31 26 31 88 

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TRUSTEE OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY, three years 

Florence A. Merriam 181 195 340 716 

Sworn by Town Clerk, March 9, 1957 

Blanks 19 16 30 65 

TREE WARDEN, one year 

Franklin H. Charter 187 194 343 724 

Sworn by Town Clerk, March 8, 1957 

Blanks 13 17 27 57 

PLANNING BOARD, five years 

William E. Cowley, Jr 15 36 38 89 

John H. Loring 97 39 214 350 

Sworn by Town Clerk, March 11, 1957 

David P. Tinker 69 129 106 304 

Scattered 1 1 

Blanks 19 7 11 37 



ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF 

THE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 

MARCH 11, 1957 

Voted: That this meeting adjourn at 11:00 P.M., to 
complete the article then being acted upon, and reconvene 
at the Blanchard Auditorium at 7:30 P.M., Monday, March 
18, 1957. 

Article 1. (Officers) To choose all necessary Town Offi- 
cers and Committees and fix the salaries and compensation 
of all the elective officers of the Town. 

Chose: Thelma M. Blood trustee of the Elizabeth White 
Fund for three years and Hazel P. Vose trustee of the 
Elizabeth White Fund for two years to fill vacancy. 

Chose: H. Stuart MacGregor trustee of the West Acton 
Firemen's Relief Fund for three years. 

Chose: Clarence Frost trustee of the Acton Firemen's 
Relief Fund for three years. 

Chose: Roy H. Linscott trustee of the Goodnow Fund 
for three years. 

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Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of 
Selectmen be six hundred dollars per annum and the other 
members three hundred dollars each per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of the Town Clerk be one thous- 
and dollars per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of the Town Treasurer be four- 
teen hundred dollars per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of 
Assessors be three thousand dollars per annum and the other 
members eight hundred dollars each per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of the Town Collector be two 
thousand dollars per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chariman of the Board 
of Public Welfare be one hundred twenty-five dollars per 
annum and that of the other members seventy-five dollars 
each per annum. 

Voted : That the salary of the Moderator be fifteen dollars 
for one evening and twenty-five dollars for two evenings for 
the Annual Town Meeting and ten dollars for each special 
meeting. 

Voted: That the salary of the Tree Warden be fixed at 
$1.75 per hour plus 75 cents per hour for use of a truck. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of 
Health be one hundred twenty-five dollars per annum and 
that of the other members seventy-five dollars each per 
annum and that the Board of Health be authorized to 
appoint one of its own members as an assistant agent and 
assistant custodian of the Town Dump at the rate of $1.25 
per hour in accordance with the provisions of Section 4A 
of Chapter 41 of the General Laws. 



Article 2. (Reports) To see if the Town will vote to 
accept the several reports of the Town Officers and Boards, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To accept the several reports of the Town Officers 
and Boards. 



Article 3. (Reports) To hear and act upon the reports 
of any Committees chosen at any previous Town Meeting 
that have not already reported. 

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Report of War Memorial Committee 

The committee to study, investigate and make recom- 
mendations for a suitable memorial to Acton Veterans who 
served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America 
or its Allies during World War II or Korean Conflict, after 
lengthy investigation and discussions feel, because of im- 
proving plans that seem to be in the future planning which 
may have considerable bearing on our recommendations for 
this memorial that it would be inopportune to report a spe- 
cific project at this moment. We feel that further study of 
these plans as they develop is essential for the best interest 
of the Veterans to be so honored as well as the Town, there- 
fore report progress at this time. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CLYDE J. HORNE, Chairman 
LOUIS C. SCHWAAB, Secretary 
CARL W. BERGMAN 
THERON A. LOWDEN 
LESLIE E. PARKE 

Voted: That this report be accepted as a report of 
progress. 

Article 4. (Budget) To see what sums of money the 
Town will vote to raise and appropriate to defray to neces- 
sary expenses of the several departments of the Town and 
determine how the same shall be raised. 

Voted : That the following sums of money be appropriated 
for the several purposes hereinafter designated and that the 
same be expended only for those purposes under the direction 
of the respective boards, committees, or officers of the Town 
as follows, and that the total money shall be made available 
by a transfer of $74,000.00 from the Surplus Revenue Ac- 
count and the remainder to be raised in the 1957 Tax Levy. 

General Government 

1 Moderator $75.00 

2 Finance Committee Expense 75.00 

3 Selectmen's Salaries 1,200.00 

4 Selectmen's Expenses 500.00 

5 Town Office — Clerk Personnel — 

Wages 10,800.00 

6 Town Account — Salary 1,400.00 

7 Expenses 350.00 

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8 Treasurer — Salary 1,400..00 

9 Expenses 400.00 

10 Town Collector — Salary 2,000.00 

11 Expenses 850.00 

12 Assessors' Salaries 4,600.00 

13 Expenses 400.00 

14 Town Clerk — Salary 1,000.00 

15 Expenses 350.00 

16 Elections and Registrations 

Salaries and Wages 1,500.00 

17 Expenses 700.00 

18 Legal Services — Board of Select- 

men 500.00 

19 Planning Board — Expenses 350.00 

20 Service Fees 1,650.00 

21 Total General Government $30,100.00 

Buildings and Grounds 

22 Buildings and Grounds — Wages $3,280.00 

23 Expenses 4,730.00 

24 Total Buildings and Grounds $8,010.00 

Protection of Persons and Property 

25 Police — Salaries and Wages $31,185.00 

26 Expenses — including Cruiser 

Operation and Uniforms 5,315.00 

27 Fire Department — Salaries and 

Wages 13,050.00 

28 Expenses 9,680.00 

29 Fire Alarm System — Salaries 

and Wages 4,680.00 

30 Expenses 1,045.00 

31 Fire Hydrant Rental 10,900.00 

32 Sealer Weights and Measures — 

Salary 250.00 

33 Expenses 50.00 

34 Moth Department Chapter 666 — 

Wages 1,125.00 

35 Expenses including Poison Ivy 2,000.00 

36 Dutch Elm Disease Control — 

Chapter 761 1,500.00 

37 Town Forest — Maintenance 100.00 

38 Shade Tree Replacement 250.00 

39 Tree Warden — Wages 2,225.00 

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40 Expenses 1,200.00 

41 Wire Inspector — Salary and 

Travel 750.00 

42 Expenses 100.00 

43 Building Inspector — Wages and 

Travel 1,250.00 

44 Expenses 100.00 

45 Dog Officer 350.00 

46 Building Committee — Expenses 500.00 

47 Total Protection $87,605.00 

Health and Sanitation 

48 Board of Health — Salaries $275.00 

49 Expenses 950.00 

50 Secretary — Salary 2,645.00 

51 Town and School Nurse — Salary 3,640.00 

52 Expenses 960.00 

53 Assistant Nurse — Wages 800.00 

54 Board of Health Agent and As- 

sistant Agent — Wages 2,000.00 

55 Expenses 500.00 

56 Inspector Milk and Food 300.00 

57 Custodian — Town Dump — 

Wages 3,888.00 

58 Assistant Custodian — Town 

Dump — Wages 648.00 

59 Expenses 1,200.00 

60 State Sanitorium and Hospital 

Bills 2,000.00 

61 Medical Supplies 150.00 

62 School Clinic 1,600.00 

63 Garbage Collection 8,400.00 

64 Inspector of Animals — Salary .. 150.00 

65 Expenses 30.00 

66 Plumbing Inspector — Wages 1,000.00 

67 Total Health and Sanitation $31,136.00 

Highways 

68 Village Highways $5,500.00 

69 Drainage 5,300.00 

70 Chapter 81 Highways 8,700.00 

71 Chapter 90 Highways 2,000.00 

72 Snow Removal 30,000.00 

73 Traffic Signs — Lines 1,000.00 

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74 Highway Vacations and Holidays 1,690.00 

75 Street Lighting 7,300.00 

76 Total Highways $61,490.00 

Charities 

77 Welfare District Administration 

and Welfare Board Salaries $2,400.00 

78 General Relief and Disability As- 

sistance 5,000.00 

79 Old Age Assistance 31,000.00 

80 Aid to Dependent Children 6,500.00 

81 Total Charities $44,900.00 

82 Veterans' Benefits — Salary $200.00 

83 Expenses 250.00 

84 Veterans' Benefits Expenditures 8,000.00 

85 Veterans' Services 600.00 

86 Total Veterans' Aid $9,050.00 

Education 

87 Instruction — Local $131,047.00 

88 Regional 109,995.84 

89 Textbooks and Supplies — Local 5,264.00 

90 Regional 5,969.52 

91 Plant Operation — Local 23,530.00 

92 Regional 16,453.72 

93 Blanchard Auditorium 10,500.00 

94 Maintenance — Local 3,375.00 

95 Regional 439.00 

96 Auxiliary Agencies — Local 12,125.00 

97 Regional 16,721.92 

98 General Control — Local 6,575.00 

99 Regional 5,850.16 

100 Outlay — Local 1,500.00 

101 Regional 175.60 

102 Contingency Fund — Local 400.00 

103 Regional 175.60 

104 Total Local School Budget $194,316.00 

105 Total Regional School Budget .... 155,781.36 

106 Total Education $350,097.36 

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Libraries 

107 Libraries — Salaries and Wages $4,000.00 

108 Expenses 1,100.00 

109 Books 660.00 

110 Total Libraries $5,760.00 

Recreation 

111 Playgrounds— Wages $1,000.00 

112 Expenses 500.00 

113 Total Recreation $1,500.00 

Cemeteries 

114 Cemeteries — Salaries and Wages $12,350.00 

115 Expenses 2,500.00 

116 Total Cemeteries $14,850.00 

Other Classified Expenses 

117 Town Reports $1,828.05 

118 Workmen's Compensation 2,700.00 

119 Surety Bonds 675.00 

120 Archives Committee — Expenses 500.00 

121 Fire Insurance — Towti Buildings 1,810.00 

122 Memorial Day 600.00 

123 Pension Fund 4,439.95 

124 Pension Fund Expense 226.30 

125 Military Service Fund 33.72 

126 Board of Appeals — Expenses .... 50.00 

127 Miscellaneous 1,500.00 



128 Total Other Classified Expenses $14,363.02 

Amortization and Interest Requirements for 
the Bonded Indebtedness of the Town and 
the Regional School District 

129 Elementaiy and High Schools 

Maturing Debt $16,000.00 

130 Interest 4,615.00 

131 Blanchard Auditorium Maturing 

Debt 20,000.00 

132 Interest 800.00 

133 Regional School Maturing Debt .. 15,200.00 

134 Interest 41,367.75 

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135 Surface Drainage Mohawk Drive 

and Seneca Road Maturing 

Debt 5,000.00 

136 Interest 175.00 

137 Anticipation of Revenue Notes — 

Interest 500.00 

138 Total Amortization and Interest 

Requirements $103,657.75 



Total Budget $762,519.13 

Special Articles 

Art. 8. Sidewalks, Main Street $6,000.00 

Art. 11. Fire Alarm Extension 3,000.00 

Art. 14. Elementary School 10,000.00 

Art. 15. Vocational Tuition and Trans- 
portation 2,500.00 

Art. 16. Water Safety Account 500.00 

Art. 17. Officer and Employee Insur- 
ance 1,200.00 

Art. 18. Boiler and Machinery Insur- 
ance 778.24 

Art. 19. West and South Water Sup- 
ply District — Hosmer 
Street 200.00 

Art. 20. Stabilization Fund 5,000.00 

Art. 22. Memorial Library — Lighting 

Fixtures 2,000.00 

Art. 23. New Chairs and Magazine 

Rack 250.00 

Art. 24. Mosquito Control Spraying .. 2,700.00 

Art. 25. Board of Public Welfare 
Health and Sanitation 
Improvements 2,304.69 

Art. 27. Highway Department 

Buildings — Alterations 800.00 

Art. 35. Town Hall — Alterations and 

Furnishings 1,800.00 

Art. 39. Brook @ Homestead 14,000.00 

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Art. 40. Street Signs — New Street 

Names 100.00 

Art. 51. Unpaid Bills 3,050.52 

Total to be raised and appro- 
priated under Special 
Articles $56,483.45 

Transfers 

Art. 5. New Construction (Main 

Street) $6,000.00 

Art. 6. Highways 42,950.00 

Art. 7. Machinery Account 6,250.00 

Art. 9. School Street Construction .. 10,444.95 

Art. 10. Radio and Fire Alarm Trans- 
mitter 1,100.00 

Art. 21. Tree and Moth Department 

Truck 3,500.00 

Art. 52. Resei-^e Fund 6,000.00 

Total Transfers $76,244.95 

Barrow 

Art. 14. Elementary School 

(Chap. 645 — Acts 1948) $600,000.00 
(Chap. 44, Sec. 7 G.L.) .. 170,000.00 

$770,000.00 

Grand Total $1,665,247.53 

Article 5. (Main Street) To see if the Town will vote 
to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds 
the sum of $6,000.00 for Chapter 90 Construction of Main 
Street, South Acton from Central Street northerly to Pros- 
pect Street, a distance of approximately 2,400 feet; said 
money to be used in conjunction with $6,000.00 to be allotted 
by the County and $18,000.00 to be allotted by the State, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted unanimously: That the sum of $6,000.00 be appro- 
priated to meet the Town's share of the cost of Chapter 90 

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Highway Construction, and to meet said appropriation the 
sum of ^6,000.00 be transferred from the proceeds received 
from the State under the provisions of Chapter 718 of the 
Acts of 1956; said money to be used for Chapter 90 Con- 
struction of Main Street, South Acton from Central Street 
northerly to Prospect Street, a distance of approximately 
2,400 feet; said money to be used in conjunction with 
$6,000.00 to be allotted by the County and $18,000.00 to be 
allotted by the State. 

Article 6. (Highways) To see if the Town will vote to 
appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account the amount 
of the State's and County's allotments for highways under 
Chapters 81 and 90; provided that the reimbursement be 
credited back to the Surplus Revenue Account, or take any 
other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of $42,950.00 provided that the reimbursement be 
credited back to the Surplus Revenue Account. This sum 
to be made up as follows: 

Chapter 81 Maintenance State $15,950.00 

Chapter 90 Maintenance State 1,500.00 

Chapter 90 Maintenance County 1,500.00 

New Construction State 18,000.00 

New Construction County 6,000.00 



$42,950.00 



Article 7. (Machinery Fund) To see if the Town will 
vote to transfer the sum of $6,250.00 from the Machinery 
Fund to the Machinery Account, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Voted unanimously: To transfer the sum of $6,250.00 
from the Machinery Fund to the Machinery Account. 

Article 8. (Sidewalks — Main Street) To see if the Town 
will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from avail- 
able funds the sum of $6,000.00, or any other sum, for the 
construction of sidewalks on Main Street in South Acton, 
in conjunction with the new construction on Main Street in 
South Acton, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $6,000.00 for 
the construction of sidewalks on Main Street, South Acton, 

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in conjunction with the new construction on Main Street 
in South Acton. 

Moderator called for a hand vote and appointed the fol- 
lowing tellers: Wentworth Prentiss, Francis W. Seller, 
Thoron A. Lowden, Peter Smoltees, Allen Moody and Roger 
Crafts. 

Total vote : 362. Yes — 243 No — 119. 



Ai'ticle 9. (School Street) To see if the Town will vote 
to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds 
the sum of $10,444.95 for the permanent construction of 
School Street, South Acton, or take any other action rela- 
tive thereto. 

Voted: That the sum of $10,444.95 be appropriated for 
the permanent construction of School Street, South Acton, 
and to meet said appropriation the sum of $10,444.95 be 
transferred from the proceeds received from the State under 
the provisions of Chapter 718 of the Acts of 1956. 

Article 10. (Radio and Fire Alarm Transmitter) To see 
if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate 
from available funds the sum of $1,100.00, or any other 
sum, to be expended by the Fire Department for the purchase 
of a remote control radio and fire alarm transmitter to be 
installed at the Acton Center Fire Station, or take any 
other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of $1,100.00 to be trans- 
ferred from Surplus Revenue to be expended by the Fire 
Department for the purchase of a remote control radio and 
fire alarm transmitter that are to be installed at the Acton 
Center Fire Station. 



Article 11. (Fire Alarm System) To see if the Town will 
vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available 
funds the sum of $3,300.00, or any other sum, to be expended 
by the Fire Department for the extension of the fire alarm 
circuit to Arlington Street, Agav/am Road, Sious Street, 
Mohegan Road, Quaboag Road, Seminole Road, Seneca Road, 
Mohawk Drive, Oneida Road and Orchard Drive, and in con- 
nection therewith to install ten alarm boxes throughout this 
territory and a master box at the Acton High School, or 
take any other action relative thereto. 

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Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $3,300.00 to 
be expended by the Fire Department for the extension of 
the fire alarm circuit on Arlington Street to Agawam Road, 
Sioux Street, Mohegan Road, Quaboag Road, Seminole Road, 
Seneca Road, Mohawk Drive, Oneida Road and Orchard Drive 
and in connection therewith to install ten alarm boxes 
throughout this territory and a master box at the Acton 
High School. 

Article 12. (Land — for Fire Station) To see if the 
Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to purchase, take 
by eminent domain or otherwise acquire for the Town for 
the construction of a fire station thereon a tract of land 
with the buildings thereon believed to belong to Ormal S. 
R. Laffin and Mary M. Laffin, located in that part of Acton 
called West Acton on the Westerly side of Central Street 
and adjacent to and Northerly of Laffin's Garage; and to 
see if the Town will appropriate the sum of $7,000.00, or 
any other sum, therefor to be provided by taxation, by 
appropriation from available funds in the Treasury or by 
borrowings under Chapter 44 of the General Laws, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

Motion: To authorize the Selectmen to purchase, take 
by eminent domain or otherwise acquire for the Town, for 
the construction of a fire station thereon, a tract of land 
with buildings thereon believed to be owned by Ormal S. R. 
Laffin and Mary M. Laffin, located in that part of Acton, 
called West Acton, on the Westerly side of Central Street 
in the Town and shown on a plan entitled ''Land in Acton, 
owned by Ormal S. R. Laffin, Surveyed for the Town of 
Acton by Harlan E. Tuttle, Surveyor, February 25, 1957" 
and which tract of land is bounded and described as follows: 

Beginning at a point at th^ Northeasterly comer of said 
tract of land at Central Street and at land formerly of 
Clarence V. Twitchell and now of Lillian G. Feltus Gallant, 
thence running South 17° 27' West along said Central Street, 
a distance of eighty and fifty-two hundredths (80.52) feet 
to a point at land now of Ormal S. R. Laffin; thence turning 
and running North 66° West along said land of Ormal S. R. 
Laffin a distance of three hundred sixty-one and thirty-five 
hundredths (361.35) feet to a point at the center line of a 
Brook, as shown on said Plan; thence turning and running 
in a Northerly direction on the center line of said Brook, a 
distance of two hundred and forty (240) feet more or less 
to a point at the center line of said Brook; thence turning 

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and running South 75° 45' East along land of W. Donald 
and Nancy L. Leslie a distance of seventy-two (72) feet 
more or less to a Pipe as shown on said Plan ; thence turning 
and running South 12° 45' West, along land formerly of 
William E. Feltus and now of Donald 0. Feltus, a distance 
of eightj-one and five tenths (81.5) feet to a Pipe, as shown 
on said Plan; thence turning and running South 66° East 
along land formerly of Jennie E. Holton and now of Lillian G. 
Feltus Gallant and along land formerly of Clarence V. 
Twitchell and now of Lillian G. Feltus Gallant a distance of 
four hundred, thirty-seven and five hundredths (437.05) 
feet to the point of beginning. This tract of land contains 
thirty-nine thousand, three hundred and fifty (39,350) feet 
more or less; and that the Town appropriate the sum of 
seven thousand (7,000) dollars therefor and to meet said 
appropriation, that there be raised from the tax levy in the 
current year the sum of seven thousand (7,000) dollars. 

Same tellers. Hand Vote. Total — 326. Yes — 193; 
No — 133. 

Motion Lost. (Needed 217+) 
Adjourned at 11 :30 P. M. 



The Moderator called the meeting to order at 7:30 P.M., 
Monday, March 18, 1957. 

On motion of Mr. Kinsley, it was Voted: To dissolve to a 
committee of the whole for discussion of sites for a fire 
house. 

Article 13. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the 
Town Building Committee to enter into contracts on behalf 
of the Town for the planning, constructing and equipping 
of a fire station on a tract of land located in that part of 
Acton called West Acton on the Westerly side of Central 
Street and adjacent and Northerly of Laffin's Garage, and to 
see if the Town will appropriate the sum of $75,000.00, or 
any other sum, therefor to be provided by taxation, by 
appropriation from available funds in the Treasury or by 
borrowings under Chapter 44 of the General Laws, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To lay Article 13 on the table. 

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Article 14. (Elementary School) To see if the Town 
will vote to authorize the Town Building Committee to enter 
into contracts on behalf of the Town for the planning, con- 
structing, equipping and furnishing of an elementary school 
building on land of the Town located on Charter Road; and 
to see if the Town will appropriate a sum of money therefor 
to be provided by taxation, by appropriation of available 
funds in the Treasury or by borrowings under Chapter 44 of 
the General Laws and Chapter 645 of the Acts of 1948 as 
amended, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: (1) That there be and hereby is authorized the 
construction, original equipping and furnishing of a school 
building for grades 1 - 6, inclusive, to be located on land of 
the Town on Charter Road, said school to contain approxi- 
mately twenty rooms and to be generally in accordance with 
preliminary plans prepared by the Architects' Collaborative; 

(2) That the sum of $780,000 is hereby appropriated to 
meet the cost of constructing, original equipping and fur- 
nishing said school building; 

(3) That said appropriation shall be raised in the following 
manner: the sum of $10,000 shall be raised by taxation and 
the Treasurer, with the approval of the^ Selectmen, hereby 
is authorized and directed, subject to the approval of the 
Emergency Finance Board, to boiTow the sum of $600,000 
under the authority of Chapter 645 of the Acts of 1948, 
as amended, and the sum of $170,000 under the authority 
of General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 7, as amended, by 
the issuance and sale of bonds of the Town; 

(4) That the bonds of each loan hereinbefore authorized 
may be issued and sold at one time or from time to time, 
but all of the bonds shall be issued and sold in accordance 
with the applicable provisions of Chapter 44 of the General 
Laws and each issue of said bonds shall be paid in not more 
than 20 years from the date thereof; and 

(5) That the Town Building Committee of four members, 
appointed pursuant to authority granted under Article 15 of 
the 1956 Annual Town Meeting, is hereby empowered in 
the name of and in behalf of the Town of Acton in addition 
to authority previously granted, to enter into such contract 
or contracts as it may deem advisable and in accordance 
with the applicable provisions of law for the planning, con- 
struction, original equipping and furnishing of said elemen- 
tary school building, and all other matters connected with and 



incidental thereto, including by way of illustration and not 
by way of limitation, the necessary architectural, engineering 
and other professional services. 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: Wentworth 
Prentiss, Francis W. Seller, Theron A. Lowden, Peter 
Smoltees, Roger Crafts, Robert Stow, Harold W. Flood and 
Edmond J. McNiff. 

Total Vote: 341. Yes — 339. No — 2. 

Article 15. (Vocational Tuition and Trans.) To see if 
the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate 
from available funds the sum of $2,500.00, or any other sum, 
for the payment of vocational tuition and transportation ac- 
cording to the provisions of Chapter 74 of the General Laws, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $2,500.00 for 
the payment of vocational tuition and transpoi*tation accord- 
ing to the provisions of Chapter 74 of the General Laws. 

Article 16. (Water Safety Account) To see if the Town 
will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from avail- 
able funds the sum* of ?500.00, or any other sum, to establish 
a special Water Safety Account for the support of the Water 
Safety Program which is jointly sponsored by the Red Cross 
and the School Department, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $500.00 to 
establish a special Water Safety Account for the support of 
the Water Safety Program which is jointly sponsored by the 
Red Cross and the School Department. 

Article 17. (Insurance) To see if the Town will vote to 
raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds 
the sum of $1,200.00, or any other sum, to pay the cost of 
effecting insurance providing indemnity for or protection 
to any officer or employee of the Town against loss by reason 
of his liability to pay damages to others for bodily injuries, 
including death at any time resulting therefrom, or for 
damage to property caused by operation, within the scope of 
his official duties or employment, of motor or other vehicles 
owned by the Town as provided by the provisions of General 
Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5, Sub-section 1, as amended, or 
take any other action relative thereto. 

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Voted unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of 
$1,200.00 to pay the cost of effecting insurance providing 
indemnity for or protection to any officer or employee of the 
Town against loss by reason of his liability to pay damages 
to others for bodily injuries, including death at any time 
resulting therefrom, or for damage to property caused by 
operation, within the scope of his official duties or employ- 
ment, of motor or other vehicles owned by the Town as pro- 
vided by the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 
5, Sub-section 1, as amended. 

Article 18. (Boiler and Machinery Insurance) To see 
if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate 
from available funds the sum of $778.24, or any other sum, 
to pay the cost of obtaining coverage of various objects 
suitable for insurance under a boiler and machinery policy, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $778.24 to 
pay the cost of obtaining coverage of various objects suit- 
able for insurance under a boiler and machinery policy. 

Article 19. (Water District) To see if the Town will 
vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available 
funds, the sum of $200.00, as its contribution to the West 
and South Water Supply District of Acton toward the cost 
of extending a six-inch water main from Hosmer Street to 
the Acton town dump on Massacliusetts Avenue, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of $200.00 as the 
Town's contribution to the West and South Water Supply 
District of Acton toward the cost of extending a six-inch 
water main from Hosmer Street to the Acton town dump 
on Massachusetts Avenue. 

Article 20. (Stabilization Acct.) To see if the Town will 
vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available 
funds the sum of $5,000.00, or any other sum, to be set aside 
as a Stabilization Fund, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $5,000.00 to 
be set aside in the Stabilization Fund. 

Article 21. (Truck — Tree and Moth) To see if the 
Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $3,500.00, or any other sum, for 

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the purchase of a new truck for the Tree and Moth Depart- 
ments, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of $3,500.00 from the 
Surplus Revenue Account for the purchase of a new truck 
for the Tree and Moth Departments. 

Article 22. (Lighting — Library) To see if the Town 
will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from avail- 
able funds the sum of $2,000.00, or any other sum, for 
the installation of lighting fixtures in the Memorial Library, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of $2,000.00 for 
the installation of lighting fixtures in the Memorial Library. 

Article 23. (Chairs, etc. — Library) To see if the Town 
will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from avail- 
able funds the sum of $250.00, or any other sum, for the 
purchase of new chairs and magazine rack for the Memorial 
Library, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $250.00 for 
the purchase of new chairs and magazine rack for the 
Memorial Library. 

Article 24. (Mosquito Spraying) To see if the Town 
will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from avail- 
able funds the sum of $2,700.00, or any other sum, for 
mosquito control spraying, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $2,700.00 
for mosquito control spraying. 

Article 25. (Welfare) To see if the Town will vote to 
raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the 
sum of $2,304.69, or any other sum, to defray the necessary- 
expenses incurred by the Board of Public Welfare for the 
installation of health and sanitation improvements in the 
home of a welfare recipient, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $2,304.69 
to defray the necessary expenses incurred by the Board of 
Public Welfare for the installation of health and sanitation 
improvements in the home of a welfare recipient. 

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Same tellers. Total hand vote — 253. Yes — 245 ; 
No — 8. 

Article 26. (Civil Defense) To see if the Town will vote 
to accept Chapter 401 of the Acts of 1956 entitled "An Act 
Extending To Certain Civil Defense Volunteers, the Provi- 
sions of Law Applicable to Municipal Employees for Indem- 
nification of Damages Sustained Through the Operation of 
Publicly Owned Vehicles," or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted: To accept Chapter 401 of the Acts of 1956 entitled 
"An Act Extending To Certain Civil Defense Volunteers, the 
Provisions of Law Applicable to Municipal Employees for 
Indemnification of Damages Sustained Through the Opera- 
tion of PubHcly Owned Vehicles." 

Article 27. (Highway Buildings) To see if the Town 
will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from avail- 
able funds the sum of $3,500.00, or any other sum, for altera- 
tions to Highway Department buildings, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $800.00 for 
alterations to the Highway Department Buildings, and the 
To\\Ti Building Committee be instructed to undertake an 
immediate study of Highway Department Building problems. 

Article 28. To see if the Town wall vote to amend the 
By-Laws of the Town of Acton by striking out Article 1 
of Section 1 and inserting the following: 

Article 1. The annual town meeting for the election 
of town officers shall be held on the last Monday of March 
in each year, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 



Article 29. (Zoning) To see if the Town will vote to 
amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton 
by rezoning an area on the Southerly side of Route #2 
between Hosmer Street and Piper Road in South Acton to 
industrial for a depth of 850 feet, such land now being 
zoned partially business and partially residential, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

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Voted: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by rezoning an area on the Southerly side of 
Route #2 between Hosmer Street and Piper Road in South 
Acton to industrial for a depth of 850 feet, such land now 
being zoned partially business and partially residential. 

Same tellers except Roger Crafts. Harold Y. Banquer 
appointed by Moderator to take Crafts place. 

Hand Vote. Total— 336. Yes — 274; No — 62. 

Voted: That this meeting adjourn at 11:00 P. M., to com- 
plete the article then being acted upon, and reconvene at 
the Blanchard Auditorium at 7:30 P.M., Wednesday, March 
20, 19,57. 



Article 30. (Zoning) To see if the Town will vote to 
amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton 
by rezoning an area on the Southerly side of Route 2A, 
North Acton from what is now partially business and 
partially residential to industrial, said area starting at the 
boundary of Harold Buxton and Leo T. McCarthy and run- 
ning along Route 2A in a Southeasterly direction for approxi- 
mately 1,625 feet; thence in a Southwesterly direction for 
approximately 2,500 feet, thence running in a Northwesterly 
direction for approximately 500 feet to a stone wall, thence 
running along the wall to its end, thence in a Westerly 
direction for approximately 200 feet, thence in a North- 
westerly direction for approximately 75 feet and thence 
running for approximately 1,600 feet back to the point of 
its beginning, said area containing approximately 80 acres, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by rezoning an area on the Southerly side 
of Route 2A, North Acton from what is now partially busi- 
ness and partially residential to industrial, said area starting 
at the boundary of Harold Buxton and Leo T. McCarthy 
and running along Route 2A in a Southeasterly direction for 
approximately 1,625 feet; thence in a Southwesterly direction 
for approximately 2,500 feet, thence running in a North- 
westerly direction for approximately 500 feet to a stone 
wall, thence running along the wall to its end, thence in a 
Westerly direction for approximately 200 feet, thence in a 
Northwesterly direction for approximately 75 feet and thence 
running for approximately 1,600 feet back to the point of 
its beginning, said area containing approximately 80 acres. 

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Same tellers. Total votes — 268. Yes — 184; No — 84. 
Adjourned at 11:10 P.M. 



The Moderator called the meeting to order at 7:30 P.M., 
Wednesday, March 20, 1957. 

Article 31. (Zoning) To see if the Town will vote to 
amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton 
by rezoning from residential to business the property in 
West Acton owned by Seminole Realty Trust and bounded 
by the Boston and Maine Railroad, the West Acton Fire 
House property, Windsor Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Action by rezoning from residential to business the 
property in West Acton owned by Seminole Realty Trust 
and bounded by the Boston and Maine Railroad, the West 
Acton Fire House property, Windsor Avenue and Massachu- 
setts Avenue. 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: George Ander- 
son, Wentworth Prentiss, Theron Lowden, Peter Smoltees, 
Fraser Lafhn and Harold W. Flood. 

Total vote : 132. Yes — 107 ; No — 25. 



Article 32. (Zoning — Trailers) To see if the Town will 
vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town 
of Acton by adding a new paragraph, numbered Five (5) 
to Section III of the By-Law as follows: 

5. Trailers: Hereafter no person shall use or permit 
to be used for dwelling purposes within the Town, any 
trailer or similar mobile equipment whether registered 
or unregistered, mobile or immobile, except that mobile 
trailers may be used as temporary dwelling purposes, pro- 
vided such use is licensed by the Selectmen, said license 
to be applied for by the occupant within three (3) days 
after the unit is located in the Town, and with no license 
granted hereunder to be for a period exceeding six (6) 
calendar months. 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by adding a new paragraph, numbered Five 

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(5) to Section III of the By-Law as follows: 

5. Trailers: Hereafter no person shall use or permit 
to be used for dwelling purposes within the Town, any 
trailer or similar mobile equipment whether registered 
or unregistered, mobile or immobile, except that mobile 
trailers may be used for temporary dwelling purposes, 
provided such use is licensed by the Selectmen, said license 
to be applied for by the occupant within three (3) days 
after the unit is located in the Town, and with no license 
granted hereunder to be for a period exceeding six (6) 
calendar months. 

Total vote : 174. Yes — 134 ; No — 40. 

Same tellers. 

Article 33. To see if the Town will vote to amend the 
Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by rezoning 
from residential to industrial the property at 193 Central 
Street, consisting of approximately seven-eighths (%) of ^i^ 
acre owned by James Kinsley, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Motion: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by rezoning from residential to industrial 
the property at 193 Central Street, consisting of approxi- 
mately seven-eighths (%) of an acre owned by James 
Kinsley. 

Total vote : 164. Yes — 85 ; No — 79. 

Two-thirds vote required. Motion Lost. 

Article 34. (Zoning) To see if the Town will vote to 
amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton 
by adding the following as paragraph three (3) to Section 
IV — Business District, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

3. Area Regulation. A structure erected for residential 
purposes in a business zone shall conform to the area, set 
back, side and rear line restrictions as set forth in Section 
III of the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton. 
Voted: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by adding the following as paragraph three 

(3) to Section IV — Business District: 

3. Area Regulation. A structure erected for residential 
purposes in a business zone shall conform to the area, set 

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back, side and rear line restrictions as set forth in Section 
III of the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton. 

Total vote: 125. Yes — 111; No— 14. 

Article 35. (Town Hall alterations) To see if the Town 
will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from avail- 
able funds the sum of $1,800.00, or any other sum, for 
alterations and furnishings of various offices in the Town 
Hall, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,800.00 for 
alterations and furnishings of various offices in the Town 
Hall. 

Article 36. (Cemetery) To see if the Town will vote to 
authorize the Cemetery Commissioners to waive a legacy of 
$300.00 bequeathed under the Will of Howard Beckwith 
Barnard for perpetual care for the graves of his parents 
at Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Voted unanimously: To authorize the Cemetery Commis- 
sioners to waive a legacy of $300.00 bequeathed under the 
Will of Howard Beckwith Barnard for perpetual care of the 
graves of his parents at Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Article 37. (Watson Gift) To see if the Town will vote 
to accept the gift to the Town of Acton by the second item 
of the will of Sarah A. Watson, late of Somerville, Massa- 
chusetts, deceased, of $2,500.00, the income therefrom to be 
used for the perpetual care of lots 21, 22 and 23 on Pine 
Avenue and Lot 41 in the rear thereof in Woodlawn Cemetery 
in said Town, now standing in her name, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Voted unanimously: To accept the gift to the Town of 
Acton contained in the second item of the will of Sarah A. 
Watson, late of Somerville, Massachusetts, deceased, of 
$2,500.00, the income therefrom to be used for the perpetual 
care of lots 21, 22 and 23 on Pine Avenue and lot 41 in 
the rear thereof, in Woodlawn Cemetery in said Town, now 
standing in her name. 

Article 38. (Varnum Tuttle Fund) To see if the Town 
will vote to accept the provisions of the fifty-third item of 
the will of Sarah A. Watson, late of Somerville, Massachu- 
setts, deceased, for the benefit of the Chapel on the lot 

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adjoining Woodlawn Cemetery, to approve of the appointment 
of Frederick S. Kennedy and A. Leavitt Taylor as trustees 
of the fund to be known as the ''Varnum Tuttle Fund," 
the income to be used for the care, preservation and upkeep, 
both interior and exterior, of the Chapel which was erected 
on the lot adjoining Woodlawn Cemetery in said Town, in- 
cluding the organ and other equipment therein, and for the 
care of the grounds surrounding the Chapel, shrubbery, 
ornamentation, walks and openspaces; and co-operate with 
the said trustees in the expenditure of said income and car- 
rying out the provisions of said trust fund, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Voted unanimously: To accept the provisions of the fifty- 
third item of the will of Sarah A. Watson, late of Somer- 
ville, Massachusetts, deceased, for the benefit of the chapel 
on the lot adjoining Woodlawn Cemetery; approve the ap- 
pointment of Frederick S. Kennedy and A. Leavitt Taylor, 
as trustees of the fund thereunder to be known as the 
"Varnum Tuttle Fund," the income to be used for the care, 
preservation and upkeep, both interior and exterior, of the 
Chapel which was erected on the lot adjoining Woodlawn 
Cemetery in said Town, including the organ and other equip- 
ment therein, and for the care of the grounds surrounding 
the Chapel, shrubbery, ornamentation, walks and open 
spaces; and that the Town officers be and hereby are in- 
structed to co-operate with the said Trustees in the expendi- 
ture of said income and the carrying out of the said provi- 
sions of said trust fund. 

Article 39. (Brook Improvement) To see if the Town 
will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from avail- 
able funds the sum of $14,000.00, or any other sum, to com- 
plete the work of defining and improving the brook in the 
West part of Town that drains the areas between Massachu- 
setts Avenue on the North, Homestead Street on the South, 
Arlington Street on the West and Central Street on the 
East, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $14,000.00 
to complete the work of defining and improving the brook 
in the West part of Town that drains the areas between 
Massachusetts Avenue on the North, Homestead Street on 
the South, Arlington Street on the West and Central Street 
on the East. 

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Article 40. (Street Names Changed) To see if the Town 
will vote to change the names of certain streets, listed below 
and to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available 
funds the sum of $100.00, or any other sum, to purchase and 
install street signs to properly designate these streets, or 
take any other action relative thereto. 

1. School Street, West Acton to be changed to Farm 
Street. 

2. Maple Avenue, Acton Center to be changed to Min- 
uteman Road. 

3. Davis Terrace, West Acton to be changed to Mead 
Terrace. 

4. Woodlawn Lane, Acton Center to be changed to Minot 
Avenue. 

5. Section of Nashoba Road running Southerly off New- 
town Road in West Acton to be changed to Bulette 
Road. 

6. Section of Concord Street, South Acton running from 
Howard's corner Northerly into Dewey and Almy 
Company property to be changed to Vallee Road. 

7. Section of Concord Street, South Acton running from 
Howard's comer Southerly to the Maynard line to 
be changed to a continuation of Parker Street. 

Voted: To change the names of the following streets and 
raise and appropriate the sum of $100.00 to purchase and 
install street signs to properly designate these streets. 

1. School Street, West Acton be changed to Spruce 
Street. 

2. Maple Avenue, Acton Center be changed to Minute- 
man Road. 

3. Davis Terrace, West Acton be clianged to Mead 
Terrace. 

4. Woodlawn Lane, Acton Center be changed to Minot 
Avenue. 

5. The section of Nashoba Road running Southerly off 
Newtown Road in West Acton be changed to Bulette 
Road. 

6. The section of Concord Street, South Acton running 
from Howard's Comer Northerly into Dewey and 
Almy Company property be changed to Independence 
Road. 

7. The section of Concord Street, South Acton running 
from Howard's Comer Southerly to the Maynard line 

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be changed and considered a continuation of Parker 
Street and so named. 



Article 41. (Mohegan Road) To see if the Town will 
vote to accept as a Town Way the road, the Plan of which 
has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan 
showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four 
(24) foot or more travelled way extending in a Northerly 
direction from the previously accepted section of Mohegan 
Road, a distance of approximately five hundred eighty-four 
(584) feet terminating in a turnaround, to the land of 
Crimens Pacy, and said road to be maintained by the developer 
for a period of one year after acceptance, said road to be 
known as Mohegan Road, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted: To accept as a Town Way the road, the Plan of 
which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said 
Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty- 
four (24) feet or more travelled way extending in a North- 
erly direction from the previously accepted section of Mohe- 
gan Road, a distance of approximately five hundred eighty- 
four (584) feet terminating in a turnaround, to the land of 
Crimens Pacy, and said road to be maintained by the devel- 
oper for a period of one year after acceptance, said road to 
be known as Mohegan Road. 

Article 42. (Quaboag Road) To see if the Town will vote 
to accept as a Town Way the road, the Plan of which has 
been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing 
a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot 
or more travelled way extending in a Southerly direction 
from Seneca Road, a distance of approximately six hundred 
forty-eight (648) feet terminating in a turnaround to the 
land of Rowland Parker, and said road to be maintained by 
the developer for a period of one year after acceptance, said 
road to be known as Quaboag Road, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Voted: To accept as a Town Way the road, the Plan of 
which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said 
Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty- 
four (24) foot or more travelled way extending in a South- 
erly direction from Seneca Road, a distance of approximately 
six hundred forty-eight (648) feet terminating in a turn- 
around to the land of Rowland Parker, and said road to be 



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maintained by the developer for a period of one year after 
acceptance, said road to be known as Quaboag Road. 

Article 43. (Oneida Road) To see if the Town will vote 
to accept as a Town Way the road, the Plan of which has 
been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing 
a road forty (40) feet in v/idth and a twenty-four (24) foot 
or more travelled way extending in a Northeasterly direction 
from Mohawk Drive a distance of approximately eleven 
hundred (1100) feet to pole number ten (10) of the New 
England Telephone and Telegraph Company, and said road 
to be maintained by the developer for a period of one year 
after acceptance, said road to be known as Oneida Road, or 
take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To accept as a Town Way the road, the Plan of 
which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan 
showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four 
(24) foot or more travelled way extending in a Northeasterly 
direction from Mohawk Drive a distance of approximately 
eleven hundred (1100) feet to pole number ten (10) of the 
New England Telephone and Telegraph Company, and said 
road to be maintained by the developer for a period of one 
year after acceptance, said road to be known as Oneida Road. 

Article 44. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in 
the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty 
(40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more 
travelled way extending in a Southerly direction from the 
Littleton-Acton tov^ai line a distance of approximately five 
hundred sixty (560) feet terminating in a turnaround, said 
road to be known as Lillian Road, and said road to be main- 
taine by the developer for a period of one year after accept- 
ance, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

Article 45. (Tuttle Drive) To see if the Town will vote 
to accept as a Town Way the road, a plan of which has been 
filed with the Town Clerk and laid out by the Planning 
Board, said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width 
with a twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled w^ay, and 
extending in a Southwesterly direction from Prospect Street, 
South Acton, for a distance of approximately 1,392 feet 
terminating in a turnaround and said road to be maintained 

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by the developer for a period of one year after acceptance, 
said road to be known as Tuttle Drive, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Voted: To accept as a Town Way the road, a Plan of 
which has been filed with the Town Clerk and laid out by 
the Planning Board, said Plan showing a road forty (40) 
feet in width with a twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled 
way, and extending in a Southwesterly direction from Pros- 
pect Street, South Acton, for a distance of approximately 
1,392 feet terminating in a turnaround and said road to be 
maintained by the developer for a period of one year after 
acceptance, said road to be known as Tuttle Drive. 

Article 46. (Official Map) To see if the Town will vote 
to adopt as an official map, a Map of the Town of Acton, 
on file with the Town Clerk, compiled by Snelling Hilton 
Associates dated February 1957 as provided for in Section 
81-E of Chapter 41 of the General Laws of the Common- 
wealth, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To adopt as an official map, a Map of the Town of 
Acton, on file with the Town Clerk, compiled by Snelling 
Hilton Associates dated February 1957 as provided for 
in Section 81-E of Chapter 41 of the General Laws of the 
Commonwealth . 

Article 47. (Industrial Development Committee) To see 
if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen 
to appoint a Committee of six (6), and with the right to 
fill any vacancies therein, such Committee to be known 
as the Industrial Development Committee, with said Com- 
mittee to study problems relating to industry in Acton and 
to report periodically their findings and recommendations in 
respect thereof to the Board of Selectmen, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Voted: To authorize the Board of Selectmen to appoint a 
Committee of six, and with the right to fill any vacancies 
therein, such Committee to be known as the Industrial 
Development Committee, with said Committee to study prob- 
lems relating to Industry in Acton and to report periodically 
their findings and recommendations in respect thereof to 
the Board of Selectmen. 

Appointed: John M. Whittier, Richard J. O'Neil, Paul 
J. Sweeney, Paul H. Lesure, Ellen D. Lothrop and Stephen 
E. Lord. 

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Article 48. (Personnel Board) To see if the Town will 
vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to appoint a Board 
of three (3), and with the right to fill any vacancies 
therein, such Board to be known as the Personnel Board 
with said Board to study problems relating to hours of work 
and wages and salaries of Town Employees and to report 
periodically their findings and recommendations in respect 
thereof to the Board of Selectmen, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Voted: To authorize the Board of Selectmen to appoint 
a Board of three, and with the right to fill any vacancies 
therein, such Board to be known as the Personnel Board, 
with said Board to study problems relating to hours of work 
and wages and salaries of Town Employees and to report 
periodically their findings and recommendations in respect 
thereof to the Board of Selectmen. 

Appointed: Douglas M. McGregor, H. Edward Wrapp 
and Peter Gray. 

Article 49. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds a sum of 
money for the paving with hot-top that portion of Town 
property which is in front of the Acton Center Post Office 
and Dewey's Market, Inc., with the same to meet with 
similar pavement of hot-top to be installed by and at the 
expense of Alphonse Notargiacomo, the present abutter to 
the area referred to, or take any other action relative 
thereto. (Inserted in warrant on petition of Alphonse 
Notargiacomo and sixty others.) 

Motion: That Alphonse Notargiacomo be allowed to hot- 
top the present travelled way on Town property in front of 
the Library, the Post Office, Dewey's Market, and Mr. Collins' 
house, at his expense and that the Town take from Surplus 
Revenue $300.00 to fix sidewalk and grass an island approxi- 
mately 10 feet wide and 75 feet long, in front of the store 
and Post Office. 

Motion did not prevail. 

Article 50. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$500.00, or any other sum, for the purpose of excavating, 
loaming, seeding and constructing hot-top passage ways from 
the existing sidewalk to the end of the Town bounds at 

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the Acton Center Post Office, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

Article 51. (Unpaid Bills) To see if the Town will vote 
to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds 
the sum of $3,050.52, or any other sum, to pay the following 
unpaid bills: 

Board of Health — East Coast Aviation 

Corporation $1,000.00 

Board of Health — Tekton Associates .. 454.18 

Board of Health — Assabet Sand and 

Gravel Co., Inc 138.00 

Highway Department (Signs and Lines) 

James L. Hurton 227.50 

Highway Department — Boston and 

Maine Railroad 1,230.84 

or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and apropriate the sum of $3,050.52 to 
pay the following unpaid bills: 

Board of Health — East Coast Aviation 

Corporation $1,000.00 

Board of Health — Tekton Associates .... 454.18 

Board of Health — Assabet Sand and 

Gravel Co., Inc 138.00 

Highway Department (Signs and Lines) 

James L. Hurton 227.50 

Highway Department — Boston and 

Maine Railroad 1,230.84 

Total vote: 89. Yes — 81; No — 8. 

Article 52. (Reserve Fund) To see if the Town will vote 
to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds 
the sum of $6,000.00 as a Reserve Fund, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Voted: That the sum of $6,000.00 be transferred from 
the Overlay Surplus to be used as a Reserve Fund. 

Article 53. (Borrow Money) To see if the Town will 
vote to authorize the Town Treasurer with the approval of 
the Board of Selectmen to borrow money from time to time 
in anticipation of the revenue of the financial year beginning 
January 1, 1957 and to issue a note or notes therefor, pay- 

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able within one year, and to renew any note or notes as 
may be given for a period of less than one year in accord- 
ance with Section 17, Chapter 44, General Laws, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To authorize the Town Treasurer with the ap- 
proval of the Board of Selectmen to borrow^ money from 
time to time in anticipation of the revenue of the financial 
year beginning January 1, 1957 and to issue a note or notes 
therefor, payable within one year, and to renew any note 
or notes as may be given for a period of less than one year 
in accordance with Section 17, Chapter 44, General Laws. 



Adjourned at 11:29 P.M. 



CHARLES M. MacRAE, 

Town Clerk. 



Amendments to the Zoning By-Laws voted in the affirma- 
tive at the Annual Town Meeting, March 11, 1957, were 
approved by Attorney General George Fingold on July 
23, 1957. 



ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF 
THE SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 

APRIL 8, 1957 at 8:00 P. M. 

Article 1. (Fire House Land) To see if the Town will 
vote to authorize the Selectmen to purchase, take by eminent 
domain or otherwise acquire for the Town for the con- 
struction of a fire station thereon, a tract of land with the 
buildings thereon owned by H. Benjamin Smith and Mjnrtle 
F. Smith located on the Westerly side of Central Street 
in that part of Acton called West Acton described as follows : 
Beginning at the Southeasterly corner thereof on Central 
Street at land of the Universalist Society and running North 
72° 48' West on land of said Society, land now or late of 
Ernest Morse, and land now or late of Charles S. Twitchell, 
twenty-eight (28) rods, four (4) links; thence turning and 
running North 81/2° East on land formerly of Jewett, eighty- 
nine and 49/100 (89.49) feet; thence turning and running a 
little South by East by land devised to Lucy M. Mead in the 
will of Oliver W. Mead, late of said Acton, deceased, to said 

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Central Street; thence turning and running South 14° 42' 
West by said Central Street, one hundred thirty-three 
and 7/10 (133.7) feet to the point of beginning; and to see 
if the Town will appropriate a sum of money therefor to be 
provided by taxation, by appropriation from available funds 
in the Treasury or by borrowings under Chapter 44 of the 
General Laws, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: That the Town authorize the Selectmen to pur- 
chase, take by eminent domain or otherwise acquire for the 
Town for the construction of a fire station thereon, a tract 
of land with the buildings thereon believed to be owned by 
H. Benjamin Smith and Myrtle F. Smith located on the 
Westerly side of Central Street in that part of Acton called 
West Acton and bounded and described as follows: Begin- 
ning at the Southeasterly comer thereof on Central Street 
at land of the Universalist Society and running North 72° 48' 
West on land of said Society, land now or late of Ernest 
Morse, and land now or late of Charles S. Twitchell, twenty- 
eight (28) rods, four (4) links; thence turning and running 
North 81/2° East on land formerly of Jewett, eighty-nine and 
49/100 (89.49) feet; thence turning and iiinning a little 
South by East by land devised to Lucy M. Mead in the 
will of Oliver W. Mead, late of said Acton, deceased, to 
said Central Street; thence turning and running South 
140 42' West by said Central Street, one hundred thirty- 
three and 7/10 (133.7) feet to the point of beginning; and 
that the Town appropriate the sum of Fourteen Thousand 
Eight Hundred Dollars ($14,800.00) therefor, and to meet 
said appropriation that there be raised from the tax levy 
in the current year the sum of Fourteen Thousand Eight 
Hundred Dollars ($14,800.00). 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: Henry French, 
Arnold Mercier, Herbert Merriam, David Tinker, Robert 
Stow and Norman Mcintosh. Hand Vote: Total — 204; 
Wes — 155 ; No — 49. 

Voted to recess this meeting at 8:30 P.M. in order to 
convene the Special Town Meeting called for that hour. 
Unanimous vote. 

Reconvened at 9:00 P.M. 
Special — April 8, 1957 — 8:00 P.M. 

Article 2. (Fire House) To see if the Town will vote 
to authorize the Town Building Committee to enter into 

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contracts on behalf of the Town for the planning, con- 
structing and equipping of a fire station on a tract of land 
located on the Westerly side of Central Street in that part 
of Acton called West Acton owned by H. Benjamin Smith 
and Myrtle F. Smith, and to see if the Town will appropriate 
a sum of money therefor, to be provided by taxation, by 
appropriation from available funds in the Treasury or by 
borrowings under Chapter 44 of the General Laws, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: That the Town authorize the Town Building Com- 
mittee to enter into contracts on behalf of the Town for 
the Planning, constructing, and equipping of a fire station 
on a tract of land located on the Westerly side of Central 
Street in that part of Acton called West Acton and bounded 
and described as follows; Beginning at the Southeasterly 
corner therefor on Central Street at land of the Universalist 
Society and running North 72° 48' West on land of said 
Society, land now or late of Ernest Morse, and land now 
or late of Charles S. Twitchell, twenty-eight (28) rods, four 
(4) links; thence turning and running North 81/2° East on 
land formerly of Jewett, eighty-nine and 49/100 (89.49) 
feet; thence turning and running a little South by East by 
land devised to Lucy M. Mead in the will of Oliver W. Mead, late 
of said Acton, deceased, to said Central Street; thence turn- 
ing and running South 14° 42' West by said Central Street, 
one hundred thirty-three and 7/10 (133.7) feet to the point 
of beginning; and that the Tov/n appropriate the sum of 
Seventy-five Thousand (75,000) Dollars therefor and to meet 
said appropriation that there be transfeiTed from Surplus 
Revenue the sum of Fifteen Thousand (15,000) Dollars and 
that the Town Treasurer, with the approval of the Select- 
men, be and hereby is authorized to borrow the sum of Sixty 
Thousand (60,000) Dollars and to issue bonds and notes of 
the Town therefor in accordance with the provisions of Chap- 
ter 44 of the General Laws. 

Same tellers. Hand Vote: Total — 207; Yes — 204; 
No — 3. 

Article 3. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the 
Selectmen to purchase, take by eminent domain or other- 
wise acquire for the Town for the construction of a fire 
station thereon, a tract of land with the buildings thereon 
owned by Craig E. Lundberg and Margaret J. Lundberg 
located on the Easterly side of Central Street in that part 

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of Acton called West Acton described as follows: Beginning 
at the Southwesterly corner thereof at stone bound at land 
of Luella Mott and at the road leading from South Acton 
to West Acton, called Central Street; thence Northeasterly 
along said Central Street two hundred three and 8/10 (203.8) 
feet to a Town road called Pearl Street; thence Southeasterly 
along said Pearl Street one hundred sixty-four and 6/10 
(164.6) feet to a stone post at land formerly of Phineas 
Wetherbee, now of Ormal S. R. Laffin; thence Southwesterly 
along said Phineas Wetherbee land and land now or formerly 
of J. Wetherbee two hundred seven and 4/10 (207.4) feet 
to a stone bound to land of Luella Mott; thence North 72° 
West by said Mott land formerly of Mariett Cobum one 
hundred sixty (160) feet to the bound first mentioned; and 
to see if the Town will appropriate a sum of money therefor 
to be provided by taxation, by appropriation from available 
funds in the Treasury or by borrowings under Chapter 44 
of the General Laws, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

Article 4. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the 
Town Building Committee to enter into contracts on behalf 
of the Town for the planning, constructing and equipping 
of a fire station on a tract of land located on the Easterly 
side of Central Street in that part of Acton called West 
Acton owned by Craig E. Lundberg and Margaret J. Lund- 
berg, and to see if the Town will appropriate a sum of money 
therefor, to be provided by taxation, by appropriation from 
available funds in the Treasury or by borrowings under 
Chapter 44 of the General Laws, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Article 5. (Zoning) To see if the Town will vote to 
amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton 
by rezoning from residential to business the property at 39 
Main Street, South Acton owned by Eraser Laffin, such 
property fronting approximately 478 feet along the Easterly 
side of Main Street with an approximate depth of 400 feet, 
or take any action relative thereto. 

Voted: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by rezoning from residential to business the 
property at 39 Main Street, South Acton owned by Eraser 

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LafRn, such property fronting* approximately 478 feet along 
the Easterly side of Main Street with an approximate depth 
of 400 feet. 

Hand Vote. Total Vote — 216. Yes — 161 ; No — 55. 

Voted to adjourn at 9:55 P.M. 

A true copy. Attest: 

CHARLES M. MacRAE, 

Town Clerk. 

Amendment to the Zoning By-Law voted in the affiiTnative 
at the Special Town Meeting, April 8, 1957, was disapproved 
by Attorney General George Fingold on July 23, 1957. 



ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF 
THE SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 

APRIL 8, 1957 at 8:30 P. M. 

Article 1. (Mass. Ave.) To see if the Town will vote to 
raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds 
the sum of $1,230.79, or any other sum, to pay the following 
unpaid bill : 

Charles Contracting Co., Inc. $1,230.79 

or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of 
$1,230.79 to pay the following unpaid bill: 

Charles Contracting Co., Inc. $1,230.79 

Article 2. (Mass. Ave.) To see if the Town will vote to 
appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of 
$6,015.13 for Chapter 90 Construction on Massachusetts 
Avenue, West Acton under Contract #16375, said sum to be 
reimbursed by the State and County and credited back to 
the Surplus Revenue Account, or take any other action rela- 
tive thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To appropriate from the Sui-plus 
Revenue Account the sum of $6,015.13 for Chapter 90 Con- 
struction on Massachusetts Avenue, West Acton under Con- 

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tract #16375, said sum to be reimbursed by the State and 
County and credited back to the Surplus Revenue Account. 

The following resolution was presented by Clyde Home: 

Whereas, be it resolved that it is the intent and desire of 
the assembled voters of the Town of Acton that: 

THE ASSESSORS OF THE TOWN OF ACTON 
ASSESS ALL HOUSE LOTS, RECORDED IN THE 
REGISTRY OF DEEDS, AS BUILDING LOTS, RE- 
GARDLESS OF WHETHER THERE IS A STRUC- 
TURE ON THE LOT OR NOT, AND NOT AS 
UNDEVELOPED PROPERTY. 
Above motion lost. 

Voted to adjourn at 9:00 P.M. 

A true copy. Attest: 

CHARLES M. MacRAE, 

Town Clerk. 



ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF 
THE SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 

JUNE 24, 1957 

Article 1. (Blanchard Auditorium) To see if the Town 
will vote to appropriate from available funds the sum of 
Seven Thousand Seven Hundred Eighty (7,780) Dollars, or 
any other sum, to pay the cost of installing the First Floor- 
ing and the Under Flooring at the Blanchard Auditorium, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted unanimously: To appropriate from available funds 
the sum of $7,780.00 to pay the cost of installing the First 
Flooring and the Under Flooring at the Blanchard Audi- 
torium. 

Article 2. (Machinery Account) To see if the Town will 
vote to transfer the sum of $800.00 from the Machinery 
Fund to the Machinery Account, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Voted unanimously : To transfer the sum of $800.00 from 
the Machinery Fund to the Machinery Account. 

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Article 3. (Hydrant — Lake Nagog) To see if the Town 
will vote to appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account 
a sum of money to install a hydrant at Lake Nagog, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

Voted unanimously: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue 
Account the sum of 5500.00 to furnish all materials and in- 
stall a dry hydrant at Lake Nagog for fire protection in 
the vicinity. 

Article 4. (Building Inspector) To see if the Town will 
vote to appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$2,000.00 to pay wages and travel expenses of the Building 
Inspector, said sum to be used in addition to the sum voted 
under Article 4, Item 43 of the last Annual Town Meeting, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted unanimously: To appropriate from the Surplus 
Revenue Account the sum of $1,700.00 to pay wages and 
travel expenses of the Building Inspector, said sum to be 
used in addition to the sum voted under Article 4, Item 43 
of the last Annual Town Meeting. 

Article 5. (Civil Defense) To see if the Town will vote 
to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds 
the sum of $625.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of 
five (5) Gonset two-meter rigs for internal communications 
for Civil Defense in case of emergency, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Voted unanimously: To transfer from the Surplus Rev- 
enue Account the sum of $625.00 for the purchase of five (5) 
Gonset two-meter rigs for internal communications for Civil 
Defense in case of emergency. 

Article 6. (Civil Defense) To see if the Town will vote 
to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds 
the sum of $300.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of 
an emergency power unit for Civil Defense Headquarters, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted unanimously: To transfer from the Surplus Rev- 
enue Account the sum of $300.00 for the purchase of an 
emergency power unit for Civil Defense Headquarters. 

Article 7. (Survey, etc. — Faulkner Dam) To see if the 
Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of Five Thousand (5,000) Dollars, 

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or any other sum, for the payment of legal and surveying 
expenses to be incurred for surveys, study and investigation 
as to the advisability of purchasing the Faulkner Dam in 
South Acton and the Water Rights attached thereto, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,000.00 for 
the payment of legal and surveying expenses to be incurred 
for surveys, study and investigation as to the advisability of 
purchasing the Faulkner Dam in South Acton and the Water 
Rights attached thereto, and to authorize the Planning Board 
to procure the necessary legal talent and certified Engineers 
to carry out this article. 

Article 8. (Rezoning (Kinsley) ) To see if the Town 
will vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by rezoning from residential to industrial 
the property at 193 Central Street, consisting of approxi- 
mately seven-eighths (%) of an acre owned by James 
Kinsley, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Motion: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by rezoning from residential to industrial the 
property at 193 Central Street, consisting of approximately 
seven-eighths (%) of an acre owned by James Kinsley. 

Planning Board recommended that the Article not be 
passed. 

Voted : To take a ballot vote. 

Tellers appointed by Moderator: Stephen Lord, James 
Mulvany, Edward Kelly, Arthur Decker, Clyde Home, 
Ormal Laffin. 

Total Vote: 121. Yes — 49 ; No — 72. (Needed — 81). 



Article 9. (Recreation Commission) To see if the Town 
will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to appoint a 
Commission to be known as the Recreation Commission, 
said Recreation Commission to be composed of five members, 
and of the members first appointed, one is to serve for one 
year, one is to sei've for two years, two are to serve for 
three years, and one is to serve for four years, and there- 
after appointments are to be for four year terms, said Com- 
mission to study, conduct and promote recreations, play, 
sport and physical education, or take any other action rela- 
tive thereto. 

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Voted unanimously: To authorize the Board of Select- 
men to appoint a Commission to be known as the Recreation 
Commission, said Recreation Commission to be composed of 
five members, and of the members first appointed, one is to 
serve for one year, one is to serve for two years, two are 
to serve for three years, and one is to serve for four years, 
and thereafter appointments are to be for four year terms, 
said Commission to study, conduct and promote recreations, 
play, sport and physical education. 

Appointed : Frederick T. Heyliger, Margaret J. Lundberg, 
Earl F. Hayward, Jr., Patience H. MacPherson and Nicholas 
Albanese. Voted to adjourn at 10:05 P. M. 

A true copy. Attest: 

CHARLES M. MacRAE, 

Town Clerk. 



RECORD OF SPECIAL TOWN ELECTION 
HELD JULY 22, 1957 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 
Whole number of votes cast 202 185 400 787 

SELECTMAN, three years 
To fill unexpired term ending March 1960 

Edward N. Hurley 29 28 76 133 

James Edward Kinsley 63 73 113 249 

Martin S. Meigs, Jr 109 84 211 404 

Sworn by Town Clerk, July 23, 1957 

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ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF 
THE SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 

SEPTEMBER 30, 1957 

Article 1. (Elementary School) To see if the Town 
will vote to appropriate the additional sum of $95,000.00 for 
the constructing and originally equipping and furnishing of 
an Elementary School Building, said sum to be added to 

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the appropriation of $780,000.00 previously appropriated for 
the same purposes under Article 14 of the warrant for the 
Town Meeting held March 11, 1957 and adjourned to March 
18, 1957, and that said sum be raised by borrowing by bonds 
or notes under authority of Chapter 44, Section 7 of the 
General Laws, Ter. Ed., as amended, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Tellers appointed by Moderator: Raymond Letts, Edward 
Bailey, Arthur Decker, James P. Hunt. 

Voted: To appropriate the additional sum of $70,000.00 
for the constructing and originally equipping and furnishing 
of an Elementary School Building, said sum to be added 
to the appropriation of $780,000.00 previously appropriated 
for the same purposes under Article 14 of the warrant for 
the Town Meeting held March 11, 1957 and adjourned to 
March 18, 1957, and that said sum be raised by borrowing 
by bonds or notes under authority of Chapter 44, Section 7 
of the General Laws, Ter. Ed., as amended. 

Hand vote. Total votes — 85. Yes — 77 ; No — 8. 

Article 2. (Veterans' Benefits) To see if the Town will 
vote to appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account the 
sum of $2,000.00, or any other sum, to the Veterans' Bene- 
fits Account, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted unanimously: To appropriate from the Surplus 
Revenue Account the sum of $2,500.00 to the Veterans' Bene- 
fits Account. 

Article 3. (Machinery Account) To see if the Town 
will vote to transfer the sum of $875.00 from the Machinery 
Fund to the Machinery Account, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Voted unanimously : To transfer the sum of $875.00 from 
the Machinery Fund to the Machinery Account. 

Meeting adjourned at 8:23 P.M. 

CHARLES M. MacRAE, 

Town Clerk. 



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ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF 
THE SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 

NOVEMBER 4, 1957 

The Moderator asked unanimous consent to omit the 
reading of certain articles and refer to them by subject 
matter. There was no opposition to this request. 

Article 1. (Zoning) Voted: To amend the Protective 
Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by rezoning from 
residential to business the property at 39 Main Street, South 
Acton, owned by Fraser Laffin, said property fronts approxi- 
mately 487 feet along the Easterly side of Main Street with 
an approximate depth of 400 feet. 

Moderator appointed the following tellers : Peter Smoltees, 
Theron Lowden, Frederick Harris, John Dagdigian, Henry 
Engman and Frederick Heyliger. 

Total ballots cast : 258. Yes — 188 ; No — 70. 

Article 2. Motion: To amend the Protective Zoning 
By-Law of the To^vn of Acton by rezoning from residen- 
tial to industrial the property between Route #27 in 
South Acton and the Boston and Maine right of way, said 
property being in the form of a triangle starting at the 
Ma3mard- Acton line, running Northerly along Route #27 
for approximately 1,250 feet, then Southwesterly approxi- 
mately 200 feet, then approximately 950 feet along the 
Boston and Maine right of way to the Maynard-Acton line, 
said property owned by Earle W. Tuttle. 

Same tellers. 

Total ballots cast : 247. Yes — 157 ; No — 90. 

Total ballots needed — 164 2^. Motion lost. 

Article 3. (Zoning) Voted: To amend the Protective 
Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by rezoning from 
residential to business, a piece of property at the North- 
westerly corner of Main Street and Massachusetts Avenue 
in West Acton, such property comprising approximately 1% 
acres and known as 425 Massachusetts Avenue, said property 
owned by William L. Kelley. 

Same tellers. 

Total ballots cast : 232. Yes — 162 ; No — 70. 

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Article 4. (Zoning) Voted: To amend Section 1 of the 
Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by striking 
out the first paragraph and inserting in place thereof the 
following paragraphs. 

Nothing in this By-Law shall prohibit the continued 
lawful use of land or buildings in the same or similar 
manner in which they were used at the time of the 
adoption of this By-Law, but if any non-conforming use 
shall be discontinued for a period of more than five 
years, it may not be resumed except by a permit granted 
by the Board of Appeals. 

The Board of Appeals may permit any non-conform- 
ing use to be changed to a specified use not more detri- 
mental or more objectionable to a neighborhood. 

Same tellers. Hand vote. 

Total vote — 172. Yes — 158 ; No — 14. 

Article 5. (Nash Road) Voted: To accept as a Town 
Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office 
of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) 
feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled 
way extending in a Westerly direction from Central Street 
a distance of approximately twenty-two hundred (2200) feet, 
said road to be known as Nash Road, and said road to be 
maintained by the developer for a period of one year after 
acceptance. 

Article 6. (Downey Road) Voted: To accept as a Town 
Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office 
of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet 
in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled way 
extending in a Westerly direction from Central Street a 
distance of approximately three hundred thirty (330) feet, 
said road to be known as Downey Road, and said road to 
be maintained by the developer for a period of one year 
after acceptance. 

Article 7. Voted: To pass over the article. (Billings 
Street) . 

Article 8. Voted: To pass over the article. (Robbins 
Street ext.). 

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AMENDMENT TO BUILDING BY-LAW 
Special Town Meeting, November 4, 1957 

Article 9. Voted: To amend the Building By-Law of 
the Town of Acton by striking out the existing paragraphs 
under Section 10 and substituting the following paragraphs: 

Sec. 10. Chimneys and Fireplaces. 

A. Chimneys: All chimneys hereafter erected 
shall be supported on foundations of masonry 
or reinforced concrete or other non combus- 
tible material having a fire resistance rating 
of not less than 3 hours. 

1. Construction: All chimneys are to be con- 
structed of brick, solid masonry units or 
of reinforced concrete. Chimneys in dwel- 
lings, chimneys for domestic type low heat 
appliances, and chimneys for building heat- 
ing equipment for heating a total volume 
of occupied space not to exceed 25,000 
cubic feet shall have walls not less than 
4 inches thick. In other buildings and for 
other low heat appliances the thickness of 
chimney walls shall be no less than 8 
inches, except that rubble stone masonry 
shall be not less than 12 inches thick. 

2. Corbeling: No chimney shall be corbeled 
from a wall more than 6 inches. Corbelling 
shall not exceed one inch projection for 
each course of brick projected. 

3. Change in size or shape of chimney: No 

change in the size or shape of a chimney, 
where the chimney passes through the 
roof, shall be made within a distance of 
6 inches above or below the roof joists or 
rafters. All wooden false chimneys built 
above the roof shall be covered with wire 
lathe and not less than 1 inch of fireproof 
cement plaster and in addition the chimney 
enclosed in this false construction shall be 
plastered in the same manner. 

4. Liners: Masonry chimneys for low heat 
appliances shall be lined with approved fire 
clay flue liners not less than % of an inch 

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thick, or with other approved liner of 
material that will resist without softening 
or cracking at temperature of 1,800° 
Fahrenheit. Fire clay flue liners shall be 
installed ahead of the construction of the 
chimney, as it is carried up, carefully 
bedded one on the other in mortar, or fire 
clay mortar, with close fitting joints left 
smooth on the inside. In masonry chimneys 
with walls less than 8 inches thick, liners 
shall be separate from the chimney wall 
and the space between the liner and ma- 
sonry shall not be filled; with only enough 
mortar used to make a good joint and hold 
the liners in position. Flue liners shall 
start from a point not less than 8 inches 
below the intake or, in case of fireplaces, 
from the throat of the fireplace. They 
shall extend, as nearly vertical as possible, 
for the entire height of the chimney. 

5. Height: Chimneys for low heat appliances 
shall extend at least 24 inches above the 
ridge and shall extend at least 3 feet above 
the roof at the highest point of contact, 
and at least 2 feet higher than any portion 
of the building w^ithin 10 feet of chimney. 

6. Framing around Chimneys and Fireplaces: 

All wood beams, joists and studs shall be 
trimmed away from chimneys and fire- 
places. Headers supporting trimmer arches 
at fireplaces shall be not less than 16 inches 
from the face of the chimney breast. 
Trimmers shall be not less than 6 inches 
from the inside face of the nearest flue 
lining. 

7. Fire Stopping: All spaces between chim- 
neys and w^ood joists, beams or headers 
shall be firestopped by placing noncom- 
bustible material to a depth of one inch 
at the bottom of such spaces. 

8. Flues and Smoke Pipes: 

a. Where two or more oil burners are 
installed to use the same chimney the 
smoke pipes of each are to first enter a 

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manifold large enough to accommodate 
all heaters, the manifold in turn enters 
the chimney. Except that a vent from 
a gas heated appliance must enter the 
chimney at a point above other flues. 

b. Where two or more flue liners adjoin 
each other in the same chimney with 
only flue lining separation between them, 
the joints of the adjacent flue linings 
shall be staggered at least 7 inches. 

c. No earthenw^are pipe shall be used for 
horizontal flues. No woodw^ork shall be 
placed at a less distance than 6 inches 
from any smoke pipe or metal flue unless 
protected with approved fire proofing 
material. 

d. No smoke pipe shall pass through a 
stud or wooden partition whether plas- 
tered or not unless protected by a suit- 
able metal collar with holes for ventila- 
tion. 

e. All inside chimneys hereafter erected 
shall be provided with a cleanout open- 
ing fitted with metal doors and frames 
arranged to remain tightly closed when 
not in use. 

9. Commercial and Industrial Type Inciner- 
ators: A clearance of not less than 4 
inches shall be provided between the ex- 
terior surface of chimneys and any com- 
bustible material for commercial and 
industrial type incinerators. 

B. Fireplaces: 

1. Construction: 

a. Fireplaces shall be constructed of solid 
masonry or of reinforced concrete with 
back and sides of the thickness specified 
in this paragraph. Where a lining of 
fire brick at least 2 inches thick or other 
approved lining is provided, the total 
thickness of back and sides including the 
lining shall be not less than 8 inches. 
Where no such lining is provided, the 

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thickness of back and sides shall be not 
less than 12 inches. 

b. Factory-built fireplaces that are approved 
by the National Board of Fire Under- 
writers as a result of tests by a recog- 
nized laboratory need not conform to 
the above paragraph (a) provided they 
are installed in accordance with the con- 
ditions of the approval. 

c. Fireplace hearth extensions shall be pro- 
vided of approved noncombustible ma- 
terial for all fireplaces. Where the fire- 
place opening is less than 6 square feet; 
the hearth extension shall extend at 
least 16 inches in front of, and at least 
8 inches beyond each side of the fire- 
place opening. Where the fireplace open- 
ing is 6 square feet or larger, the hearth 
extension shall extend at least 18 inches 
in front of, and at least 12 inches beyond 
each side of the fireplace opening. Where 
a fireplace is elevated above or over- 
hangs a floor the hearth extension shall 
also extend over the area under the 
fireplace. 

d. Fireplaces constructed of masonry or 
reinforced concrete shall have hearth 
extension of brick, concrete, stone, tile 
or other approved noncombustible ma- 
terial properly supported and with no 
combustible material against the under- 
side thereof. Wooden foiTns or crickets 
used during the construction of hearth 
and hearth extension shall be removed 
when the construction is completed. 

2. Woodwork ; 

a. No woodwork shall be placed within 4 
inches of the back face of a fireplace; 
nor shall combustible lathing, furring or 
plaster grounds be placed against a 
chimney at any point more than 3% 
inches from the corner of the chimney; 
but this shall not prevent plastering 
directly on the masonry or on metal 



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lath and metal furring; nor shall it 
prevent placing chimneys for low heat 
appliances entirely on the exterior of a 
building against the sheathing. 

b. The clearance between woodwork and a 
factory-built fireplace approved by the 
National Board of Fire Underwriters as 
a result of tests by a recognized labora- 
tory need not comply with Section 10, 
Paragraph B, 1 a. of this By-Law pro- 
vided the factory-built fireplace is in- 
stalled in accordance with the conditions 
of approval. 

c. No woodwork shall be placed within 6 
inches of a fireplace opening and wood- 
work above and projecting more than 
114 inches from a fireplace opening shall 
not be placed less than 12 inches from 
the top of a fireplace opening. 

d. All spaces back of combustible mantels 
shall be filled with noncombustible ma- 
terial. 

3. Firestopping: All spaces between fireplaces 
of masonry or reinforced concrete and wood 
joists, beams or headers shall be firestopped 
by placing noncombustible material to a 
depth of 1 inch at the bottom of such 
spaces. 

Total ballots cast — 83. Yes — 83; No — 0. 

Article 10. Voted: To amend the Building By-Law of 
the Town of Acton by adding the following paragraph to 
Section 12: 

Other Garages: Any building in which one or more 
motor vehicles are kept or stored, except as otherwise 
provided above for garages built in connection with a 
dwelling place, hereafter erected shall conform to the 
requirements of at least a second class building. Such 
buildings requiring this type construction include, among 
others, a public garage, a motor vehicle repair shop, 
automobile paint shop, service station, lubritorium or 
others of a similar nature. 

Total ballots cast — 59. Yes — 59 ; No — 0. 

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Article 11. Voted unanimously: To amend the Building 
By-Law of the Town of Acton by adding the following para- 
graphs to Section 14: 

In public places or places of assembly, as in churches, 
schools, hotels, high hazard institutional occupancies and 
multi-family house occupancies, the heater rooms shall 
be separated from the rest of the building by 8 inch 
masonry walls, with the ceilings plastered with fireproof 
cement mortar and door openings protected by approved 
self-closing fire doors. 

No heating equipment shall be installed within 6 feet 
of a stairway, unless stairway is protected in such a 
manner as to stop fire from traveling up stairway. 

Article 12. Voted: To strike out the existing paragraph 
under Section 15 of the Building By-Law of the Town of 
Acton and substituting the following paragraphs: 

a. Every dwelling, apartment or tenement or any other 
building or structure to be used in whole or in part 
for dwelling purposes, either as a permanent or tem- 
porary dwelling, except multiple family type dwelling 
houses, hereafter erected, altered or remodeled, shall 
have a minimum of two (2) independent means of 
egress, placed as far apart as practicable, both of 
which shall be not less than fifteen (15) square feet 
in area and shall terminate to the outside of the 
building at ground level. 

b. Every multiple family type dwelling house and every 
dwelling not included in Section 15a, hereafter 
erected, altered or remodeled, shall have a minimum 
of two (2) independent means of egress for each 
apartment or tenement or other dwelling unit, placed 
as far apart as practicable, one of which shall ter- 
minate to the outside of the building at ground level. 

Total ballots cast — 52. Yes — 51 ; No — 1. 

Article 13. Voted unanimously: To amend the Building 
By-Law of the Town of Acton by striking out *'at the 
ceiling line of the upper story" in Section 21 and substituting 
*'of each story and at the ceiling line of each story." 

Article 14. Voted : To amend the Building By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by adding Section 22 as follows: 

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Sec. 22. No building of any type, except as otherwise 
provided herein, whether of a permanent or 
portable nature, hereafter erected, restored, or 
moved shall be occupied or used in whole or 
in part as a dwelling until the same shall be 
inspected by the Inspector of Buildings and 
the Board of Health and a permit of occupancy 
issued by the Board of Health, duly signed 
by the Chaimian of the Board of Health and 
the Inspector of Buildings, stating that the 
building and use thereof complies with the 
provisions of this By-Law, the laws of The 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts and all other 
Laws pertaining thereto. A permit of occu- 
pancy shall not be issued unless a building per- 
mit has been previously issued by the Building 
Inspector in accordance with the provisions of 
this By-Law. Application for a permit of occu- 
pancy shall be filed with the Inspector of Build- 
ings who shall notify the Board of Health of 
such application for peiTnits of occupancy within 
five (5) days from receipt of same. 

Hand vote. Total votes — 40. Yes — 31 ; No — 9. 

Article 15. Voted: To amend the Building By-Law of 
the Town of Acton by adding the following paragraphs as 
Section 23: 

Sec. 23. Restrictions on Construction within Fire Limits: 

1. General Restrictions: Except as otherwise 
provided in Paragraph 5 of this section, no 
building or structure of wood frame con- 
struction or of unprotected noncombustible 
construction shall be erected within the 
limits established by law as the Fire Limits, 
nor shall wood or other combustible veneers 
be permitted on buildings or structures 
within such Fire Limits. 

2. Alterations and Extensions: 

A. Within the Fire Limits no building or 
structure of wood frame construction or 
of unprotected noncombustible construc- 
tion shall be increased in height. 

B. Within the Fire Limits no building or 
structure shall be extended on any side 

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by wood frame construction or unpro- 
tected noncombustible construction. The 
aggregate area of the building or struc- 
ture including the extension shall not 
exceed the allowable area for wood frame 
construction in the following table: 

Types of Area of one Area of Building 

Construction Story Building over one story 

Ordinary 9,000 sq. ft. 6,000 sq. ft. 
Unprotected 

noncombustible 9,000 sq. ft. 6,000 sq. ft. 

Wood Frame 6,000 sq. ft. 4,000 sq. ft. 

C. Nothing in this section shall be construed 
to prohibit other alterations within the 
Fire Limits; provided there is no change 
of occupancy to a class of occupancy 
otherwise prohibited. 

D. High hazard occupancy, as described 
below, is prohibited. High hazard occu- 
pancy means the occupancy or use of a 
building or structure or any portion 
thereof that involves highly combustible, 
highly flammable, or explosive material, 
or which has inherent characteristics 
that constitute a special fire hazard; in- 
cluding among others, aluminum powder 
factories; cellulose nitrate plastic fac- 
tories, w^arehouses and salesrooms; cereal 
mills ; distilleries ; explosives manufacture, 
sales and storage; flour and feed mills; 
gasoline bulk plants; grain elevators; 
lacquer factories; liquified petroleum gas 
charging or bulk storage plants; mat- 
tress factories ; paint factories and waste- 
paper plants. 

3. Moving Buildings: No building or structure 
of wood frame construction or unprotected 
noncombustible construction shall be m^oved 
from without to within the Fire Limits or 
from one lot to another within the Fire 
Limits. 

4. Buildings Partly Within Fire Limits: A 

building or structure shall be deemed to be 
within the Fire Limits if one-third or more 



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of the area of such building or structure is 
located therein. 

5. Exception to Restrictions Within Fire 
Limits : 

A. Frame dwellings not exceeding two 
stories in height and separated by at 
least 10 feet from lot line of adjoining 
property. 

B. Wood or other combustible veneers on 
noncombustible backing for show win- 
dows that do not extend above the first 
full story above grade. 

C. A building occupied as a private garage, 
not more than one story in height nor 
more than 750 square feet in area, 
located on the same lot with a dwelling; 
provided that such building shall be 
placed at least 10 feet from the lot lines 
of adjoining property. 

D. Building not exceeding 2,500 square feet 
in area when used for a business occu- 
pancy, or 1,000 square feet in area when 
used for other occupancies, nor more 
than one story in height, and having a 
horizontal separation of not less than 
10 feet on all sides. 

E. Greenhouses not more than 15 feet in 
height erected on the same lot with and 
accessory to a dwelling or a store. 

F. Sheds open on the long side, not more 
than 15 feet in height nor more than 
500 square feet in area, located at least 
10 feet from buildings and from adjoin- 
ing lot lines. 

G. Builders' shanties for use only in con- 
nection with duly authorized building 
operation and located on the same lot 
with such building operation, on a lot 
immediately adjoining on an upper floor 
of the building under construction, or on 
a sidew^alk shed. 



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H. Piazzas or balconies on dwellings, not 
exceeding 10 feet in width nor extending 
more than 3 feet above the second-story 
floor beams ; provided that no such struc- 
ture shall be located nearer than 10 feet 
to an adjoining lot line or be joined to 
a similar structure of another building. 

I. Fences not exceeding 10 feet in height. 

Hand vote. Total votes — 39. Yes — 37; No — 2. 

Article 16. Voted: To amend the Building By-Law of 
the Town of Acton by adding the following paragraphs as 
Section 24: 

Sec. 24. West Acton Fire Limits: The following area in 
West Acton shall constitute the ''West Acton 
Fire Limits" and the regulations given in Sec- 
tion 23 above shall apply: Starting at a point 
at the center of the intersection of Willow and 
Summer Streets in West Acton; thence in a 
northeasterly direction to the center of the inter- 
section of Homestead and Willow Streets ; thence 
in a northerly direction to the center of the 
intersection of Arlington Street and Massachu- 
setts Avenue; thence northerly to a point in 
the center of the Boston and Maine Railroad 
right of way located 2,100 feet northeasterly 
from the center of the Massachusetts Avenue 
crossing as measured along the right of way; 

■■,; then 1,000 feet southeasterly along the railroad 

right of way; thence easterly to center of the 
intersection of Elm and Arlington Streets; 
thence southerly to the center of the intersec- 
tion of Cedar Terrace and Massachusetts Ave- 
nue; thence westerly to a point in the center 
of the railroad right of way located 850 feet 
southeasterly from the center of the Massachu- 
setts Avenue crossing as measured along 
the right of way; thence 1,250 feet south- 
easterly along the railroad right of way, thence 
westerly to the center of the intersection of 
Central and Summer Streets and westerly to the 
point of beginning at the center of the inter- 
section of Willow and Summer Streets. 

Hand vote. Total votes — 41. Yes — 39; No — 2. 

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Article 17. Voted unanimously: To amend the Building 
By-Law of the Town of Acton by adding the following para- 
graph as Section 25: 

Sec. 25. Entry to Cock Loft: An entry to the cock loft, 
suitable for the use of the fire department, 
shall be provided in an accessible location pref- 
erably in a hallway. 

Article 18. (Longfellow Park) Voted unanimously: To 
accept as a Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been 
filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a 
road sixty-six (66) feet in width and two 20 foot or more 
travelled ways extending in an Easterly direction from 
Hosmer Street a distance of approximately two hundred sev- 
enty (270) feet, said road to be known as Longfellow Park, 
and said road to be maintained by the developer for a period 
of one year after acceptance. 

Article 19. (Agawam Road) Voted unanimously: To 
accept as a Town Way the road, the Plan of which has 
been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing 
a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) 
foot or more travelled way extending in Westerly, Northerly 
and Southerly directions from Arlington Street to land of 
Rowland Parker a distance of approximately twenty-nine 
hundred (2900) feet, said road to be known as Agawam Road, 
and said road to be maintained by the developer for a period 
of one year after acceptance. 

Article 20. (Seneca Road) Voted unanimously: To ac- 
cept as a Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been 
fiied in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a 
road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot 
or more travelled way extending in an Easterly direction 
from the point where it now ends at Mohegan Road a dis- 
tance of approximately three hundred ten (310) feet, said 
road to be known as Seneca Road, and said road to be main- 
tained by the developer for a period of one year after accept- 
ance. 

Article 21. (Sioux Street) Voted unanimously: To ac- 
cept as a Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been 
filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a 
road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot 

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or more travelled way extending in an Easterly direction 
from Mohegan Road a distance of approximately three hun- 
dred ten (310) feet, said road to be known as Sioux Street, 
and said road to be maintained by the developer for a period 
of one year after acceptance. 



Adjourned at 11:35 P.M. 



CHARLES M. MacRAE, 

Town Clerk. 



Amendments to the Zoning By-Laws and Building By-Laws 
voted in the affirmative at the Special Town Meeting, Novem- 
ber 4, 1957, were approved by Attorney General George 
Fingold on December 10, 1957 with the exception of the 
second paragraph of Article 4, which he disapproved. 



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ASSESSORS' REPORT — 1957 

Taxes assessed as follows: 

Buildings, exclusive of land $6,618,980.00 

Land 972,075.00 

Personal 693,435.00 



$8,284,490.00 

Valuation — January 1, 1956 $7,458,535.00 

Increase in valuation 825,955.00 

Rate of Taxation — $72.00 
Real Estate $546,555.96 



Personal Estate 49.927.32 

Polls 3,130.00 



Amount of Money raised : 

State Parks and Reservation 
tax $1,353.71 

State Audit of Municipal Ac- 
counts 1,743.79 

County Tax 13,631.18 

Tuberculosis Hospital Assess- 
ment 3,302.97 

Town Grant 557,035.40 

Overlay 22,546.23 



$599,613.28 



$599,613.28 
Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise: 
Number of Vehicles Assessed — 2447 
Commissioner's Value of Motor 

Vehicles and Trailers $1,388,880.00 

Rate of Excise — $57.10 

Total Excise 77,162.67 

Added Excise of 1956 15,042.19 

Number of Vehicles Added Excise — 852 
Commissioner's Value 441,410.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALBERT P. DURKEE, 
CARL FLINT, 
JAMES W. BAKER, 

Board of Assessors. 

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TOWN COLLECTOR'S REPORT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen 
Acton, Massachusetts 
Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1957. 

1954 Real Estate Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 ?119.81 

Interest None 

?119.81 

Paid Treasurer $10.37 

Tax Title 109.44 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 None 

S119.81 

1955 Real Estate Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 $5,396.63 

Interest 357.89 

$5,754.52 

Paid Treasurer $5,638.52 

Tax Title 116.00 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 None 

$5,754.52 

1956 Real Estate Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 $28,600.01 

Interest 544.22 

Refunded 136.00 



$29,280.23 

Paid Treasurer $21,868.70 

Tax Title 272.00 

Abated 197.20 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 6,942.33 

$29,280.23 

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1957 Real Estate 

Committed $546,555.96 

Interest 108.91 

Refunded 1,695.60 

$548,360.47 

Paid Treasurer $495,472.03 

Abated 12,660.42 

Tax Title 351.00 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 39,877.02 

$548,360.47 

Mohawk and Seneca Betterment Assessment, Unapportioned 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 $10,588.08 

Interest 59.65 

$10,647.73 

Paid Treasurer $1,009^52 

Uncollected and reported to Assessors for Appor- 
tionment 9,638.21 

$10,647.73 

Mohawk and Seneca Betterment Assessment 
Apportioned and added to 1957 Real Estate Levy 

Committed $963.89 

Committed Interest 399.39 

$1,363.28 

Paid Treasurer $992.10 

Abated 7.87 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 363.31 

$1,363.28 

1957 Farm Animal Excise 

Committed $158.30 

Paid Treasurer 120.75 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 37.55 

$158.30 
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1952 Personal Property Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 $124.50 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 $124.50 

1953 Personal Property Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 $412.35 

Interest 4.97 



$417.32 

Paid Treasurer $251.66 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 165.66 

$417.32 

1954 Personal Property Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 $647.22 

Interest 38.99 

$686.21 

Paid Treasurer $435.71 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 250.50 

$686.21 

1955 Personal Property Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 $1,577.20 

Interest 75.71 

$1,652.91 

Paid Treasurer $1,115.24 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 537.67 

$1,652.91 

1956 Personal Property Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 $3,159.62 

Interest 69.90 

$3,229.52 

Paid Treasurer $2,021.67 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 1,207.85 

$3,229.52 

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1957 Personal Property Tax 

Committed $49,927.32 

Interest 5.51 

Refunded 7.20 

$49,940.03 

Paid Treasurer $47,356.31 

Abated 14.40 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 2,569.32 

$49,940.03 

1956 Poll Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 $52.00 

Interest .82 

Refunded 2.00 

« 

$54.82 

Paid Treasurer $32.82 

Abated 14.00 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 8.00 

$54.82 

1957 Poll Tax 

Committed $3,136.00 

Interest 6.05 

$3,142.05 

Paid Treasurer $2,726.05 

Abated 358.00 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 58.00 

$3,142.05 

1948 Motor Vehicle Excise 

Abatement Rescinded $24.74 

Interest 9.94 

< 

$34.68 
Paid Treasurer $34.68 

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1949 Motor Vehicle Excise 

Abatement Rescinded $26.85 

Interest 9.36 



$36.21 
Paid Treasurer $36.21 

1953 Motor Vehicle Excise 

Abatement rescinded $12.61 

Interest 1.38 

$13.99 
Paid Treasurer $13.99 

1954 Motor Vehicle Excise 

Abatement Rescinded $99.83 

Interest .42 

$100.25 
Paid Treasurer $100.25 

1955 Motor Vehicle Excise 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 $575.05 

Interest 49.60 

Abatement Rescinded 18.57 

$643.22 
Paid Treasurer $643.22 

1956 Motor Vehicle Excise 

Uncollected December 31, 1956 $15,163.03 

Additional Commitments 15,042.19 

Interest 146.51 

Refunded 754.34 

$31,106.07 

Paid Treasurer $27,034.42 

Abated 3,618.70 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 452.95 

$31,106.07 
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1957 Motor Vehicle Excise 

Committed $77,162.67 

Interest 89.59 

Refunded 1,745.53 

$78,997.79 

Paid Treasurer $60,276.20 

Abated 6,009.06 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 12,712.53 



$78,997.79 



Cemetery Department 



Uncollected December 31, 1956 $286.00 

Committed 579.50 

$865.50 

Paid Treasurer $615.50 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 250.00 

$865.50 

Lien Certificates — Paid Treasurer $242.00 

Tax Title Advertising Repaid — Paid Treasurer .... $13.00 

Respectfully submitted, 



CHARLES M. MacRAE, 

Town Collector. 



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TREASURER'S REPORT 
For the Year Ending December 31, 1957 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen, 
Acton, Massachusetts. 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1957: 
Cash Balance January 1, 1957 $289,788.22 

Received from State Treasurer 

Disability Assistance, Federal $1,905.55 

Aid Dependent Children, Federal 6,494.28 

Old Age Assistance, Federal 28,707.60 

Flood Relief 8,296.68 

Licenses 31.00 

Chapter 90 Highways 6,929.84 

Old Age Assistance 26,812.36 

Veterans' Service 4,196.13 

Disability Assistance 2,790.57 

Chapter 718 Highways 16,444.95 

Interest 41.73 

Highways 5,146.80 

Aid Dependent Children 5,006.26 

Meal Tax 1,601.48 

Corporation Tax 30,280.87 

School Aid Chapter 70 68,391.51 

Income Tax 7,358.74 

Loss on Taxes 1,935.69 

Tuition 1,649.54 

Blanchard Auditorium 24,276.56 

Board of Health 310.72 

Transportation 1,445.20 

Abate to Veteran's 144.00 

Vocational Education 723.99 



$250,922.05 



Received from County Treasurer 

Dog Licenses $1,137.35 

Highways 1,499.82 

Highways Mass. Ave 258.46 

County Aid 10.00 



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$2,905.63 



Received from Town Clerk 

Dog Licenses $1,612.05 

Game Fees 92.00 

Certification Fees 184.25 

Dog License Fees 142.20 

Mortgage Fees 580.15 

Business Fees 27.50 

Registrars Lists 42.50 

Pole Location Fees 127.50 

Storage Fees 67.00 



Received from Collector Taxes 

Excise 1948 $24.74 

Excise 1949 26.85 

Excise 1953 12.61 

Personal 1953 246.69 

Excise 1954 99.83 

Personal 1954 396.72 

Real Estate 1954 10.37 

Excise 1955 593.62 

Personal 1955 1,039.53 

Real Estate 1955 5,293.63 

Poll 1956 32.00 

Excise 1956 26,887.91 

Personal 1956 1,951.77 

Real Estate 1956 21,324.48 

Poll 1957 2,720.00 

Excise 1957 60,186.61 

Personal 1957 47,350.80 

Real Estate 1957 495,363.12 

Farm Animal Excise 120.75 

Street Assessment 1,662.57 

Interest 1,807.18 

Care Lots 615.50 

Highways 160.60 

Liens 242.00 

Old Age Assistance 122.56 



Miscellaneous Receipts 
TOWN OF ACTON 

County Retirement $5,855.51 

Withholding Taxes 40,243.40 



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$2,875.15 



$668,292.44 



Teacher's Retirement 6,095.68 

Blue Cross 3,163.40 

Teacher's Insurance 538.30 

Machinery Account 5,026.20 

Village Package Store, License .... 500.00 

Dewey's Market, License 500.00 

So. Acton Fire Co., Blue Cross 808.45 

ACTON HIGH SCHOOL FUND 

Cafeteria 23,111.87 

Telephone 14.10 

Lavatories 187.76 

ESTATE FRED L. ROBBINS 

George T. Ames Fund 465.49 

Mrs. Harry O'Neil's Fund 372.39 

FRED S. KENNEDY 

Burials 1,315.00 

Lowering Device 120.00 

Sale of Lots 990.00 

Liners 90.00 

Miscellaneous 81.00 

Foundations 282.55 

Chapel Fee 50.00 

BOARD OF HEALTH 

Nurse Services 677.50 

Plumbing Permits 941.50 

Septic Tank Fees 2,390.00 

Licenses 26.00 

Roland Livermore, Rent Hall 225.00 

Town of Weston, Old Age Assist- 
ance 562.32 

Alberta Tuttle, Old Age Assistance 4.75 

West Women's Club, Auditorium 70.00 

TOWN OF WESTFORD 

Tuition 504.00 

Regional School 181.50 

City of Waltham, Old Age Assist- 
ance 80.37 

City of Cambridge, Old Age As- 
sistance 175.29 

Planning Board, Hearings 140.00 



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Viola Foley, Blue Cross 3.30 

Concord District Court, Fines 265.14 

H. STUAPvT MacGREGOR 

Permits 117.43 

Miscellaneous 46.38 

Fires 203.75 

Grange Rent 25.00 

Marian L. Piper, Library Fines .. 443.20 

Acton Mercuries, Auditorium 33.00 

BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

Licenses 769.00 

Wire Permits 868.00 

Building Permits 2,510.00 

Miscellaneous 85.00 

Assabet Valley League, Auditorium 5.00 
Minnie Harris, Old Age Assistance 49.50 
Town of Harvard, Old Age Assist- 
ance 35.40 

Charles MacRae, Blue Cross 20.50 

Acton Comm. Center, Auditorium 101.25 

4H Hoof Beats, Auditorium 6.00 

Anna Lydiard, Old Age Assistance 46.10 
Tov/n of Arlington, Old Age As- 
sistance 23.32 

Board of Appeals, Hearings 45.00 

City of Medford, Old Age Assist- 
ance 126.86 

George Jacobs, Old Age Assistance 51.90 

Sarah Pierce, Old Age Assistance 77.80 

Joseph Benullo, Excise Refund 6.17 

Daniel Dory, Excise Refund 13.61 

CHIEF OF POLICE 

Bicycle Registrations 43.25 

Revolver Permits 37.00 

Firearms Permit 10.00 

Registry of Motor Vehicles, Vet. 

Ben 8.00 

Acton Girl Scouts, Auditorium .... 4.50 

Robert Treyz, Auditorium 6.00 

Treas. United States, Schools 4,962.48 

Bradford Leach, Licenses 38.00 



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U. S. Fidelity Z Guarantee, Audit. 7,780.00 

A.B. Regional School Land Sale 11,300.00 

So. Acton Fire Co., Relief Fund .. 90.00 

Center Fire Co., Relief Fund 85.00 

West Fire Co., Relief Fund . 95.00 

Town of Maynard, Old Age Assist- 
ance 110.50 

Town of Concord, Old Age Assist- 
ance 117.07 

Town of Concord, Land Tax 29.91 

Town of Belmont, Old Age Assist- 
ance 115.92 

Federal Civil Defense, Civil De- 
fense 175.74 

Est. Sarah Watson, Trust Fund .. 2,500.00 

Clinton Trust Co., Note 288 50,000.00 

Clinton Trust Co., Note 289 25,000.00 

Harvey Building Co., Contract Bid 1,000.00 

Edward Hall, Old Age Assistance 62.70 

James E. Kinsley, Sealer Weights 168.10 

Jo-Anne Stuart, Blue Cross 11.55 

Miriam Baxter, Old Age Assistance 6,114.16 

Boston and Maine R. R. Co. Fires 31.10 

Carrie Piper, Old Age Assistance 90.08 

Otto Anderson, Tax Title 81.83 

Otto Anderson, Interest 9.35 

Air Cond. Contractors, Elementary 

School 9.00 

Town of Ayer, Old Age Assistance 168.60 

City of Maiden, Old Age Assistance 25.38 

GOLDMAN SACHS & CO. 

Elementary School Bonds New 840,000.00 

Premium 1,343.16 

Accrued Interest 4,032.00 

NATIONAL SHAWMUT BANK, BOSTON 

Fire House Notes 60,000.00 

Premium 79.80 

Accrued Interest 121.00 



$1,117,623.12 
Perpetual Care — Woodland Cemetery 

Mabel Wagner $200.00 

Viola Foley 100.00 

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Ewen Rankin 200.00 

Swen Hagen 200.00 

Donatus Benere 100.00 

Mary Ringland 100.00 

Mrs. John Murphy 50.00 

Benjamin and Mary Sawyer 200.00 

Ruth Kretschmar 200.00 



Perpetual Care — Mt. Hope 

Sarah Crotty $200.00 

Raymond Gallant 150.00 

Mrs. Charles Hassen 200.00 

Estate Clara Sawyer 400.00 

John Dingee 200.00 



Transfers to Town Account 

Frank Knowlton Cemetery Fund .. $25.00 

Elizabeth White Fund 1,100.00 

Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund .. 50.00 

Georgia E. Whitney Fund 568.00 

Memorial Libraiy Fund 900.00 

Cemetery Fund 500.00 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund 2,000.00 

Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Fund 50.00 

Dr. Robert I. Davis Fund 25.00 



Trust Fund Income 

Betsey M. Ball Fund 344.49 

Cemetery Fund 2,142.29 

Elizabeth White Fund 787.95 

Georgia E. Whitney Fund 422.20 

Frank Hayward Fund 30.00 

Hoit and Scott Fund 12.50 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund 2,579.62 

J. Roland Wetherbee Fund 301.25 

Memorial Library Fund 391.87 

Memorial Library — Tainter Fund 477.84 

Acton High School Library Fund 37.50 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 188.39 



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$1,350.00 



$1,150.00 



$5,218.00 



Dr. Robert Davis Fund 35.00 

Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Fund 46.88 

Henry S. Raymond Monument Fund 21.88 

Henry S. Raymond Fund 71.13 

Frank Knowlton Fund 30.00 

Stabilization Fund 162.50 

Sarah Watson Fund 13.54 



$8,096.83 

Total Receipts for 1957 $2,058,433.22 

Cash Balance January 1, 1957 289,788.22 



$2,348,221.44 
Paid Selectmen's Orders for 1957 1,181,127.39 



Cash Balance December 31, 1957 $1,167,094.05 



OUTSTANDING NOTES AND BONDS 

Elementary School Bonds, Chap- 
ter 44, General Laws, 26 to 
90 due 1958 to 1970, Julia 
McCarthy School $65,000.00 

Elementary School Bonds, Chap- 
ter 645, Acts 1948 51 to 
200 due 1958 to 1972 Julia 
McCarthy School 150,000.00 

Blanchard Auditorium and Gym- 
nasium Notes, Chapter 645, 
Acts 1948, 264 to 283 due 
1958 20,000.00 

Surface Drainage, Mohawk-Seneca 
Road Notes, Chapter 44-645, 
Acts 1948 — 286 due 1958.... 5,000.00 

Elementary School Bonds, Chap- 
ter 44, Section 7, Clause 3, #1 
to 240 due 1958 to 1977 New 240,000.00 

Elementary School Bonds, Chap- 
ter 645, Acts 1948, #1 to 600 
due 1958 to 1977 New 600,000.00 

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Fire Station Notes, Chapter 44, 
General Laws, #290 to 349, 
due 1958 to 1962 60,000.00 



Actan High School Library Fund 

Balance January 1, 1957 

Principal Fund $1,500.00 

Unexpended Balance 166.61 

$1,666.61 
Received Interest for 1957 42.32 



$1,708.93 



Balance December 31, 1957 
Deposits in Savings Banks $1,708.93 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

Balance January 1, 1957 

Principal Fund $6,005.00 

Unexpended Balance 1,439.02 



Received to Fund in 1957 

Company Salaries $270.00 

Interest 234.24 



$7,444.02 



$504.24 

$7,948.26 

Balance December 31, 1957 
Deposits in Savings Banks $7,948.26 

George T. Ames Fund 

Principal Fund (new) $500.00 

Balance December 31, 1957 

Inheritance Tax, State of Maine .. $34.51 

Deposits in Savings Bank 465.49 



$500.00 



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Betsey M. BaU Fund 

Balance January 1, 1957 

Principal Fund $10,095.26 

Unexpended Balance 1,951.33 

$12,046.59 
Received Interest for 1957 403.18 



$12,449.77 



Balance December 31, 1957 
Deposits in Savings Banks $12,449.77 

Cemetery Surplus 

Balance January 1, 1957 

Principal Fund $234.00 

Received Interest for 1957 7.07 

$241.07 
Balance December 31, 1957 
Deposit in Savings Bank $241.07 

Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1957 

Principal Fund $68,972.21 

Unexpended Balance 9,379.77 



Received for Perpetual Care $2,500.00 

Received Interest for 1957 2,398.38 



$78,351.98 



$4,898.38 

$83,250.36 

Balance December 31, 1957 

Deposits in Savings Banks $75,150.36 

U. S. Savings Bonds 7,600.00 

Transfer to To^vn Account 500.00 



$83,250.36 



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Dr. Robert I. Davis Fund 

Balance January 1, 1957 

Principal Fund $1,000.00 

Unexpended Balance 41.24 

$1,041.24 
Received Interest for 1957 36.20 



$1,077.44 



Balance December 31, 1957 

Deposits in Savings Banks $1,052.44 

Transfer to Town Account 25.00 



$1,077.44 



Elizabeth White Fund 

Balance January 1, 1957 

Principal Fund $25,000.00 

Unexpended Balance 1,985.57 

$26,985.57 
Received Interest for 1957 833.32 



$27,818.89 



Balance December 31, 1957 

Deposits in Savings Banks $26,718.89 

Paid Trustees' Orders for 1957 .... 1,100.00 



$27,818.89 



Georgia E. Whitney Fund 

Balance January 1, 1957 

Principal Fund $14,073.70 

Unexpended Balance 202.66 

$14,276.36 
Received Interest for 1957 428.92 



$14,705.28 



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Balance December 31, 1957 

Deposits in Savings Banks $14,137.28 

Paid Trustees' Orders 568.00 



$14,705.28 



Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1957 

Principal Fund $1,500.00 

Unexpended Balance 239.57 

$1,739.57 
Received Interest for 1957 53.13 



$1,792.70 



Balance December 31, 1957 

Deposits in Savings Banks $1,742.70 

Ti'ansfer to Town Account 50.00 



$1,792.70 



Frank C. Haj^ward Fund 

Balance January 1, 1957 

Pi'incipal Fund $1,000.00 

Unexpended Balance 227.36 

$1,227.36 
Received Interest for 1957 36.89 



$1,264.25 



Balance December 31, 1957 
Deposits in Savings Banks $1,264.25 

Holt and Scott Fund 

Balance Januaiy 1, 1957 

Principal Fund $500.00 

Unexpended Balance 109.85 



$609.85 



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Received Interest for 1957 15.82 



$625.67 
Balance December 31, 1957 

U. S. Savings Bond $500.00 

Deposit in Savings Bank 125.67 



$625.67 

Mrs. Harry O'Neiirs Fund 

Principal Fund (new) $400.00 

Balance December 31, 1957 
Inheritance Tax, State of Maine .... $27.61 

Deposit in Savings Bank 372.39 



$400.00 

Frank Knowlton Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1957 

Principal Fund $1,000.00 

Unexpended Balance 27.65 

$1,027.65 
Received Interest for 1957 30.59 



$1,058.24 



Balance December 31. 1957 



Deposits in Savings Banks $1,033.24 

Transfer to Town Account 25.00 



$1,058.24 



Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1957 

Principal Fund $1,627.60 

Received Interest for 1957 49.70 



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$1,677.30 



Balance December 31, 1957 

Deposits in Savings Banks $1,627.30 

Transfer to Town Account 50.00 



$1,677.30 



Henry S. Raymond Fund 
Monument Perpetual Care 

Balance January 1, 1957 

Principal Fund $700.00 

Unexpended Balance 210.30 

$910.30 
Received Interest to Fund 28.60 



$938.90 
Balance December 31, 1957 
Deposits in Savings Banks $938.90 

Henry S. Raymond Fund 

Balance January 1, 1957 

Principal Fund $2,000.00 

Unexpended Balance 289.57 

$2,289.57 
Received Interest for 1957 71.13 



$2,360.70 



Balance December 31, 1957 
Deposits in Savings Banks $2,360.70 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund 

Balance January 1, 1957 

Principal Fund $82,238.95 

Unexpended Balance 7,241.10 

$89,480.05 
Received Interest for 1957 2,809.94 



$92,289.99 



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Balance December 31, 1957 

Deposits in Savings Banks $90,289.99 

Transfer to Town Account 2,000.00 



$92,289.99 



J. Roland Wetherbee Fund 

Balance January 1, 1957 

Principal Fund $10,000.00 

Unexpended Balance 989.51 



$10,989.51 
Received Interest for 1957 331.09 



$11,320.60 
Balance December 31, 1957 
Deposits in Savings Banks $11,320.60 

Wilde Memorial Library Fund 

Balance January 1, 1957 

Principal Fund $31,719.32 

Unexpended Balance 636.21 

$32,355.53 
Received Interest for 1957 1,061.02 



$33,416.55 



Balance December 31, 1957 

Deposits in Savings Banks $31,516.55 

West Shore R. R. Bond 1,000.00 

Transfer to Town Account 900.00 



$33,416.55 



Sarah A. Watson Fund 

Principal Fund (new) $2,500.00 

Received Interest for 1957 13.54 



$2,513.54 



Balance December 31, 1957 
Deposits in Savings Banks $2,513.54 

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West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

Balance January 1, 1957 

Principal Fund $886.47 

Received Interest for 1957 27.90 

$914.37 
Balance December 31, 1957 
Deposit in Savings Bank $914.37 

Stabilization Fund 

Balance January 1, 1957 
Principal Fund 

Unexpended Balance $450.80 

Received Interest for 1957 $181.25 

Articles Town Meetings 10,000.00 

$10,181.25 

$10,632.05 
Balance December 31, 1957 
Deposits in Savings Banks $10,632.05 

Respectfully submitted, 

WM. HENRY SOAR, 

Town Treasurer. 



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REPORT OF THE TOWN ACCOUNTANT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The following material represents a report of the expendi- 
tures for the year, and the financial condition of the Town 
on December 31, 1957. It consists of two parts: 

I. Summary of Appropriations, Transfers, Disbursements 

and Unexpended Balances. 
11. Balance Sheet, December 31, 1957. 

In addition to the money spent as indicated in Part I, 
liabilities have been incurred as follows: 

1. West and South Water Supply Dis- 

trict — Acton $95.44 

2. Town of Concord — Hydrant Rental 500.00 

These unpaid bills will be inserted in articles on the 
Annual Town Meeting Warrant. 

The detail of the Departmental payments has been omitted 
again this year in the interests of economy, but it will be 
available to anyone who contacts me. 

The 1958 amortization requirements for the bonded indebt- 
edness of the Town, and Acton's share of the Regional School 
District bond amortization are: 

Julia McCarthy Elementary School $15,000.00 

Blanchard Auditorium — Gymnasium .... 20,000.00 
Mohawk and Seneca Road Betterments .. 5,000.00 

New Elementary School 45,000.00 

West Acton Fire House 12,000.00 

Regional School District 8,672.36 

$105,672.36 

I have verified the accounts of the Treasurer, Collector 
and Manager of the School Cafeteria; and have reviewed the 
various funds in the custody of the Treasurer and Trustees. 

Respectfully submitted, 



DONALD 0. NYLANDER, 

Town Accountant. 



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BALANCE SHEET 

ASSETS 



Cash: 

General Funds 


$ 


;l,167,094.05 
70.00 




Petty Cash Funds 






$1,167,164.05 


Accounts Receivable: 








Taxes: 








Levy of 1952 

Personal Property .. 




$124.50 




Levy of 1953 

Personal Property .. 




165.66 




Levy of 1954 

Personal Property .. 




250.50 




Levy of 1955 

Personal Property .. 




537.67 




Levy of 1956 

Real Estate 

Personal 

Poll 


$6,942.33 

1,207.85 

8.00 


8,158.18 
42,504.34 




Levy of 1957 

Real Estate 

Personal 

Poll 


$39,877.02 

2,569.32 

58.00 










Motor Vehicle Excise: 




$51,740.85 


Levy of 1956 




$452.95 
12,712.53 




Levy of 1957 








$13,165.48 


Farm Animal Excise .... 






$37.55 


Street Assessments: 








Added to 1957 Tax 

Bills 

Committed Interest 


- 


$251.19 
112.12 








$363.31 


Street Assessments: 








Deferred and not Com- 
mitted 


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$8,674.32 



December 31, 1957 

LIABILITIES AND RESERVES 

Temporaiy Loan in anticipation cf School Bond issue 

Employees' Payroll Deductions: 

Federal Taxes $277.00 

Blue Cross-Blue Shield 286.10 

County Retirement System 545.35 

Guarantee Deposits: 

Board of Appeals $71.50 

Planning Board 33.00 

Revolutionary Ridge Company 350.00 

Tailings — Unclaimed Checks 

Trust Fund Income Transfer Balances: 
Cemetery 

Perpetual Care $22.23 

Susan Noyes Hosmer 541.88 

Luke Blanchard 9.00 

J. Roland Wetherbee 153.89 

Henry S. Raymond 10.88 

Georgia Whitney 8.24 

Frank Knowlton 17.00 

Robert I. Davis 9.30 

Library 

Wilde Memorial 109.02 

Federal Grants: 

Administration $189.73 

Old Age Assistance 12,949.74 

Aid to Dependent Children 972.00 

Disability Assistance 2,119.97 

Revolving Fund — School Department : 

Cafeteria 

Unexpended Appropriation Balances: 

Archives Committee $500.00 

Town Hall — Alterations and Office Fur- 
nishings 1,086.10 

Radio and Fire Alarm Transmitter 402.49 

West Fire Station Constriction 62,155.66 

Mosquito Control 1,040.00 

Chapter 90, Construction 30,000.00 



$25,000.00 



$1,108.45 



$454.50 
$111.63 



$881.44 



$16,231.44 
$3,099.12 



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Tax Titles 

Tax Possessions 


$1,291.83 
400.19 




Departmental : 

Old Age Assistance 

Aid to Dependent 

Children 

Disability Assistance .... 

Cemetery 

Highway 


$1,973.87 

1,486.82 
100.00 
250.00 
120.00 


$1,692.02 






Aid to Highways: 

State 

County 


$37,605.76 
7,573.19 


$3,930.69 


Under-estimates, 1957 Assessments: 

County Tax 

County Hospital 

State Parks 


$1,300.81 

1,527.75 

65.21 


$45,178.95 







$2,893.77 



$1,294,840.99 



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Chapter 718, Construction — School St. 

South 7,768.82 

Sidewalks — Main Street, South 6,000.00 

Committee for Addition to Elementary 

School 4,829.90 

Auditorium and Gymnasium Building 

Committee 551.29 

New Elementary School, Construction .... 784,910.26 

Mount Hope Cemetery, Oiling 500.00 

Surface Drainage Study 1,129.75 

Civil Defense, Gonset Rigs 625.00 

Civil Defense, Emergency Power Unit .... 300.00 

TowTi Forest Committee 500.00 

$902,299.27 

Cemetery Land Fund $3,690.35 

Road Machinery Fund 10,640.26 

Welfare Recoveries 7,138.87 

County Dog Licenses 14.00 

Overlay Surplus — Reserve Fund 14,547.36 

Overlays Reserved for Abatements: 

Levy of 1952 $124.50 

Levy of 1953 165.66 

Levy of 1954 250.50 

Levy of 1955 537.67 

Levy of 1956 8,014.68 

Levy of 1957 9,513.41 

$18,606.42 

Revenue Resei-ved until Collected: 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise $13,165.48 

Farm Animal Excise 37.55 

Tax Title and Possession 1,692.02 

Departmental 3,930.69 

Aid to Highways 45,178.95 

Street Assessment 9,037.63 

$73,042.32 
Premium received on Bond and Note Issues .... 1,362.96 

Reserve for Petty Cash Funds 70.00 

Suii)lus Revenue 216,542.60 



$1,294,840.99 



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DEBT ACCOUNTS 

Net Funded or Fixed Debt $1,140,000.00 



TRUST ACCOUNTS 

Trust Funds, Cash and Securities: 

In custody of Town Treasurer $305,624.74 

In custody of Trustees 3,465.54 



$309,090.28 

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DEBT ACCOUNTS 

Inside Debt Limit: 

Elementary School — McCaithy $65,000.00 

Elemental^ School — Under Construction 240,000.00 

West Fire Station — Under Constmction 60,000.00 

Betterment Notes — Surface Drainage .... 5,000.00 



Outside Debt Limit: 

Elementary School — McCarthy $150,000.00 

Elementary School — Under Construction 600,000.00 

Blanchard Auditorium 20,000.00 



$370,000.00 



770,000.00 



$1,140,000.00 



TRUST ACCOUNTS 

In Custody of Town Treasurer: 
Charity Funds: 

Elizabeth M. White 

Georgia E. Whitney 

Betsy M. Ball 

Cemetery Funds: 

Henry S. RajTncnd — Monument 

Henry S. Raymond — Care 

Hoitt and Scott 

J. Roland Wetherbee 

Perpetual Care 

Surplus 

Luke Blanchard 

Frank C. Ha\^vard 

Georgia E. Whitney 

Susan Noyes Hosmer 

Dr. Robert I. Davis 

Frank R. Knowlton 

George T. Ames 

Mrs. Harry O'Neil 

Sarah A. Watson 

Libraiy Funds : 

Charlotte Conant, School 

Wilde Memorial 

Firemen's Relief: 

Acton Fund 

West Acton Fund 

Stabilization 



In Custody of Trustees: 

Charlotte Goodnow Fund 



$26,718.89 
14,137.28 
12,449.77 


938.90 


2,360.70 


625.67 


11,320.60 

82,750.36 

241.07 


1,627.30 
1,264.25 
1,742.70 
90,289.99 
1,052.44 


1,033.24 
465.49 


372.39 


2,513.54 


1,708.93 
32,516.55 


7,948.26 
914.37 


10,632.05 


$305,624.74 


3,465.54 


$309,090.28 



131 



SUMMARY OF 

APPROPRIATIONS AND DISBURSEMENTS 

January 1, 1957 to December 31, 1957 



Appropriated 
or 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT Available Dicbursed Balance 

Moderator $75.00 $75.00 — 

Finance Committee Expense 75.00 

R 7.25 

Selectmen's Salaries 1,200.00 

Selectmen's Expenses 500.00 

Town Office 

Clerk, Personnel Wages 10,800.00 

R 17.70 

Town Accountant — Salary 1,400.00 

TowTi Accountant — Expenses .... 350.00 

Treasurer — Salary 1,400.00 

Treasurer — Expenses 400.00 

Town Collector — Salary 2,000.00 

Town Collector — Expenses 850.00 

Assessors — Salaries 4,600.00 

Assessors — Expenses 400.00 

Town Clerk — Salary 1,000.00 

Town Clerk — Expenses 350.00 

R 164.97 
Elections and Registrations 

Salaries and Wages 1,500.00 

R 405.78 
Elections and Registrations 

Expenses 700.00 

R 11.00 
Legal Services — Board of Select- 
men 500.00 

Planning Board — Expenses 350.00 

Planning Board — Service Fees .. 1,650.00 
Planning Board — Guarantee De- 
posits 

B 75.50 A 80.25 

C 140.00 102.25 



82.25 


— 


1,160.00 


$40.00 


496.48 


3.52 


.0,817.70 




1,400.00 


— 


349.93 


.07 


1,400.00 


— 


400.00 


— 


2,000.00 


— 


847.46 


2.54 


4,600.00 


— 


357.57 


42.43 


1,000.00 


— 



514.97 
1,905.78 

710.10 

500.00 

300.40 

1,305.49 



.90 



49.60 
344.51 



33.00 



Total General Government 



$30,922.20 



A 80.25 
$30,325.38 



$516.57 



BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS 

Buildings and Grounds, Wages .... $3,280.00 $2,620.58 $659.42 

Buildings and Grounds, Expenses 4,730.00 4,200.68 529.32 
Alterations and Furnishings, Town 

Hall 1,800.00 713.90 1,086.10 



1 oo 



Alterations, Highway Dept. Build- 
ing 



800.00 



799.83 



.17 



Total Buildings and Grounds $10,610.00 $8,334.99 $2,275.01 



$1,780.45 



PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY 

Police, Salaries and Wages S $2,300.00 

31,185.00 $31,704.55 
Police Dept., Expenses, including 
Cruiser Operation and Uni- 
forms S 700.00 

5,315.00 

R 43.01 6,058.01 

Fire Dept., Salaries and Wages S 2,100.00 

13,050.00 14,217.90 

Fire Dept., Expenses 9,680.00 9,396.77 

Fire Alarm System, Salaries and 

Wages 4,680.00 4,028.19 

Fire Alarm System, Expenses .... 1,045.00 1,029.49 

Fire Hydrant Rental 10,900.00 10,850.00 

Sealer of Weights and Measures, 

Salary 250.00 250.00 

Sealer of Weights and Measures, 

Expenses 50.00 

R 50.00 99,22 

Moth Dept., Chapter 666, Wages 1,125.00 1,111.10 
Moth Dept., Expenses, including 

Poison Ivy 2,000.00 1,811.02 

Dutch Elm Disease Control, 

Chapter 761 S 300.00 

1,500.00 1,440.90 

Town Forest, Maintenance 100.00 

R 2.00 102.00 

Shade Tree Replacement 250.00 248.25 

Tree Warden, Wages 2,225.00 

D 68.25 2,278.85 

Tree Warden, Expenses 1,200.00 

D 38.00 1,236.81 

Wire Inspector, Salary and Travel 750.00 750.00 

Wire Inspector, Expenses 100.00 86.15 

Building Inspector, Wages and 

Travel 2,950.00 2,273.00 

Building Inspector, Expenses 100.00 53.70 

Dog Officer 350.00 348.50 

Building Committee, Expenses .... 500.00 240.75 

Fire Alarm System Extension. 3,300.00 3,280.00 

Dump Water Extension S 1,500.00 1,497.40 

Water Service Extension to Dump 200.00 123.50 

Radio and Fire Alarm Transmitter 1,100.00 697.51 

West Fire House, Land 14,800.00 14,800.00 

West Fire House, Construction I 60,000.00 D 106.25 

15,000.00 12,738.09 



932.10 
283.23 

651.81 
15.51 
50.00 



.78 
13.90 

188.98 



359.10 

1.75 
14.40 

1.19 

13.85 

677.00 

46.30 

1.50 

259.25 

20.00 

2.60 

76.50 

402.49 

62,155.66 



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Lake Nagog Hydrant 500.00 483.14 16.86 

Tree and Moth Dept. Truck 3,500.00 3,317.39 182.61 

D 106.25 
Total Protection of Persons and 

Property $194,806.26 $126,552.19 $68,147.82 



HEALTH AND SANITATION 

Board of Health, Salaries $275.00 $275.00 — 

Board of Health, Expenses 950.00 932.24 $17.76 

Board of Health, Secretary Salary 2,645.00 2,535.00 110.00 

Town and School Nurse, Salary .. 3,640.00 3,510.00 130.00 

Town and School Nurse, Expenses 960.00 960.00 — 

Assistant Nurse, Wages 800.00 360.00 440.00 

Agent and Assistant Agent, Wages 2,000.00 

R 366.00 2,356.50 9.50 
Agent and Assistant Agent, 

Expenses 500.00 

R 200.00 588.85 111.15 

Inspector, Milk and Food 300.00 300.00 — 

Town Dump, Custodian Wages .... 3,888.00 3,876.00 12.00 
Town Dump, Assistant Custodian 

Wages 648.00 504.00 144.00 

Town Dump, Expenses 1,200.00 1,199.94 .06 

Sanitorium and Hospital Bills .... 2,000.00 

R 171.40 2,171.40 — 

Medical Supplies 150.00 146.37 3,63 

School Clinic 1,600.00 1,064.37 535.63 

Garbage Collection 8,400.00 8,400.00 — 

Inspector of Animals, Salary 150.00 150.00 — 

Inspector of Animals, Expenses .. 30.00 29.75 .25 

Plumbing Inspector, Wages 1,000.00 906.50 93.50 

Mosquito Control Spraying 2,700.00 1,660.00 1,040.00 



Total Health and Sanitation $34,573.40 $31,925.92 $2,647.48 



HIGHWAYS 

Village Highways $5,500.00 

Drainage B 3,401.19 

5,300.00 

Chapter 81, Highways 8,700.00 

G 15,950.00 
Chapter 90, Highways, 

Maintenance 2,000.00 

G 3,000.00 4,999.01 .99 

Snow Removal S 2,500.00 

30,000.00 23,841.46 8,658.54 

Traffic Signs, Lines 1,000.00 999.67 .33 

Vacations and Holidays 1,690.00 

R 20.00 1,710.00 — 

Street Lighting 7,300.00 7,152.99 147.01 



$5,499.68 


$.32 


8,700.83 


M 


24,649.97 


.03 



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Chapter 90, Highways, 

Construction G 30,000.00 30,000.00 

School Street Construuction G 10,444.95 2,676.13 7,768.82 

Road Machinery 7,925.00 7,924.16 .84 

Brook at Homestead Street B 1,582.42 

14,000.00 9,791.45 5,790.97 

Sidewalks, South Acton 6,000.00 — 6,000.00 

SigTis, Changed Street Names 100.00 99.94 .06 



Total Highways $156,413.56 $98,045.29 $58,368.27 



CHARITIES 

Welfare District Administration $2,400.00 $2,400.00 — 

Welfare Board, Salaries G 275.00 275.00 — 

General Relief and Disability 

Assistance 5,000.00 4,994.43 $5.57 

Federal Funds.. ..B 2,936.66 

G 1,899.54 2,716.23 2,119.97 

Old Age Assistance 31,000.00 31,000.00 — 

Federal Funds....B 23,979.77 

G 28,621.97 
L 901.79 40,553.79 12,949.74 

Aid to Dependent Children 6,500.00 6,500.00 — 

Federal Funds.. ..B 912.45 

G 7,159.44 7,099.89 972.00 

Public Welfare, Article 25 2,304.69 2,304.69 — 



Total Charities $113,891.31 $97,844.03 $16,047.28 



VETERANS' AID 

Veterans' Benefits 

Agent's Salary $200.00 $200.00 — 

Veterans' Benefits, 

Agent's Expense 250.00 215.56 $34.44 

Veterans' Benefits, Expenditures 10,500.00 9,310.87 1,189.13 

Veterans' Services 600.00 600.00 — 



Total Veterans' Aid $11,550.00 $10,326.43 $1,223.57 



EDUCATION 

Instruction 

Local $131,047.00 

Regional 109,995.84 

Textbooks and Supplies 

Local 5,264.00 

Regional 5,969.52 

Plant Operation 

Local 23,530.00 

Regional 16,453.72 



$127,698.42 
109,995.84 


$3,348.58 


5,260.59 
5,969.52 


3.41 


23,001.70 
16,453.72 


528.30 



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Blanchard Auditorium 10,500.00 

Maintenance 

Local 3,375.00 

Regional 439.00 

Auxiliary Agencies 

Local 12,125.00 

Regional 16,721.92 

General Control 

Local 6,575.00 

Regional 5,850.16 

Outlay 

Local 1,500.00 

Regional 175.60 

Contingency Fund 

Local 400.00 

Regional 175.60 

Cafeteria B 1,980.47 

C 23,111.87 

Athletics B 623.75 

Vocational Tuition and Transpor- 
tation 2,500.00 

Blanchard Auditorium, Construction 

B 3,624.29 

Blanchard Auditorium Floor 7,780.00 

Elementary School: 

Committee for Addition B $3,114.90 

S 7,500.00 

Construction 10,000.00 

I 840,000.00 

Elementary School, McCarthy ..B 729.33 

Center School Cesspool B 1,000.00 

Total Education $1,252,061.97 

LIBRARIES 

Libraries, Salaries and Wages .... $4,000.00 

Libraries, Expenses 1,100.00 

R 24.10 

Books B 3.18 

660.00 

T 900.00 

Chairs and Rack 250.00 

Lighting Fixtures 2,000.00 

Total Libraries $8,937.28 

RECREATION 

Playgrounds, Wages $1,000.00 

Playgrounds, Expense 500.00 

Total Recreation $1,500.00 

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8,188.71 


2,311.29 


3,293.44 
439.00 


81.56 


12,123.54 
16,721.92 


1.46 


6,550.14 
5,850.16 


24.86 


1,450.48 
175.60 


49.52 


400.00 
175.60 


— 


21,993.22 
623.74 


3,099.12 
.01 


1,713.79 


786.21 


3,073.00 
7,780.00 


551.29 



$5,785.00 $4,829.90 

65.089.74 784,910.26 

729.33 

1,000.00 



$449,806.87 $802,255.10 



$3,701.11 
1,123.11 



1,454.16 

247.00 

1,975.00 



$298.89 
.99 



109.02 

3.00 

25.00 



$8,500.38 



$436.90 



$685.00 
492.96 



$315.00 
7.04 



$1,177.96 



$322.04 



CEMETERIES 

Cemetery Department 

Salaries and Wages $12,350.00 $12,216.75 $133.25 

Cemetery Department, Expenses 2,500.00 2,476.63 23.37 

Mount Hope Oiling B 500.00 — 500.00 

Woodlawn Clearing and Grading B 68.50 68.50 — 

Perpetual Care B 54.93 

T 500.00 532.70 22.23 

Hosmer Fund B 34.61 

T 2,000.00 1,492.73 541.88 

Blanchard Fund T 50.00 41.00 9.00 

Wetherbee Fund B 217.53 63.64 153.89 

Raymond Fund B 37.27 26.39 10.88 

Whitney Fund B 1.22 

T 50.00 42.98 8.24 

Knowlton Fund T 25.00 8.00 17.00 

Davis Fund T 25.00 15.70 9.30 



Total Cemeteries $18,414.06 $16,985.02 $1,429.04 



OTHER CLASSIFIED EXPENSES 

Town Reports $1,828.05 $1,828.05 

Workmen's Compensation 2,700.00 

R 398.98 

Surety Bonds 675.00 

Archives Committee, Expenses .... 500.00 

Fire Insurance, Town Buildings .. 1,810.00 

Memorial Day 600.00 

Pension Fund 4,439.95 

Pension Fund Expense 226.30 

Military Service Fund 33.72 

Board of Appeals, Expenses 50.00 

Board of Appeals, 

Guarantee Deposits B 42.25 

C 45.00 

Miscellaneous 1,500.00 

Officer and Employee Insurance .. 1,200.00 

R 144.87 

Boiler and Machinery Insurance .. 778.24 

Water Safety 500.00 

Surface Drainage 2,403.75 

Faulkner Dam 1,000.00 

Civil Defense B 114.80 

R 250.00 

Civil Defense, Gonset Rigs 625.00 

Civil Defense, Power Unit 300.00 

1956 Unpaid Bills 10,296.44 

Stabilization Fund B 5,000.00 

5,000.00 



3,098.98 


— 


660.00 


$15.00 


— 


500.00 


1,801.40 


8.60 


598.15 


1.85 


4,439.95 


— 


226.30 


— 


33.72 


— 


— 


50.00 


15.75 


71.50 


425.48 


1,074.52 


1,344.87 


— 


590.40 


187.84 


500.00 


— 


1,274.00 


1,129.75 


568.81 


431.19 


134.41 


230.39 


— 


625.00 


— 


300.00 


10,287.90 


8.54 


10,000.00 


— 



Total Other Classified Expenses .. $42,462.35 $37,828.17 $4,634.18 

1017 
0/ 



AMORTIZATION OF DEBT AND INTEREST REQUIREMENTS 

Elementary and High Schools 

Maturing Debt $16,000.00 $16,000.00 — 

Interest 4,615.00 4,615.00 — 

Blanchard Auditorium 

Maturing Debt 20,000.00 20,000.00 — 

Interest 800.00 800.00 — 

Regional School 

Maturing Debt 15,200.00 15,200.00 — 

Interest 41,367.75 41,367.75 — 

Surface Drainage 
Mohawk and Seneca 

Maturing Debt 5,000.00 5,000.00 — 

Interest 175.00 175.00 — 

Anticipation of Revenue Notes 

Interest 500.00 457.65 42.35 

Total Amortization of Debt and 

Interest Requirement $103,657.75 $103,615.40 $42.35 



Total of all Departmental Items .. $1,979,800.1 4 $958,345.61 

Transfers A and D $186.50 

Cash Disbursed $1,021,268.03 

AGENCY AND TRUST 
Agency: 
State Audit of 

Municipal Accounts $1,743.79 

State Parks and Reservations .. 1,418.92 

Middlesex County Tax 14,931.99 

Middlesex County Hospital 

Assessment 4,830.72 

Middlesex County Dog Licenses 1,651.65 

Flood Emergency August 1955 2,970.46 

Westford Tuition Paynient to 

Regional District 181.50 

Trust: 

Charity 1,668.00 

Cemeteries 5,837.88 

Firemen's Relief Fund 270.00 

Trust Fund Income 8,096.83 

Certification Fees for Fire Station 

Notes 60.00 

Anticipation of Revenue Notes .... 50,000.00 

Guarantee Deposits Released 1,000.00 

Withholding Taxes 43,299.00 

Massachusetts Hospital Service .. 3,945.25 
Middlesex County Retirement 

Association 5,792.03 

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Massachusetts Teachers Retire- 
ment Fund 


6,601.07 


Acton Teachers Insurance 

Refunds: Board of Health, Septic 

Tank Permit 

Taxes 

Building" Permits 


538.30 

25.00 

4,390.40 

40.00 






Total Agency and Trust 


$159,292.79 






Grand Total of all Cash Dis- 
bursements 

Treasurer's Report — Paid 

Selectmen's Orders for 1957 
Less — Checks Canceled 


$1,180,560.82 

$1,181,127.39 
566.57 






Net Payments — as above 


$1,180,560.82 



Key to alphabetical designations: 

A — Audit adjustment 

B — Balance from previous year 

C — Cash receipts 

D — Inter-departmental transfers 

G — Grants from State, County, Federal Funds 

I — Proceeds of Bond and Note issues 

L — Lien recoveries from. Welfare cases 

R — Reserve Fund transfers 

S — Appropriations of October 1, 1956 Special Town Meeting restricted 
to disbursement after Januar>' 1, 1957 

T — TiTist Fund transfers 



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STATE AUDITOR'S REPORT 



REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTS 

February 19, 1957 

To the Board of Selectmen 

Mr. Leo C. Cunningham, Chairman 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen : 

I submit herewith my report of an audit of the books 
and accounts of the Town of Acton for the period from 
December 18, 1955 to December 6, 1956, made in accordance 
with the provisions of Chapter 44, General Laws. This is 
in the form of a report made to me by Mr. William Schwartz, 
Assistant Director of Accounts. 

Very truly yours, 

HERMAN B. DINE, 
Director of Accounts. 
HBDrVRO 



Mr, Herman B. Dine 

Director of Accounts 

Department of Corporations and Taxation 

State House, Boston 

Sir: 

In accordance with your instinictions, I have made an audit 
of books and accounts of the Town of Acton for the period 
from December 18, 1955, the date of the previous examina- 
tion, to December 6, 1956, and submit the following report 
thereon : 

The financial transactions as recorded on the books of the 
several departments collecting or disbursing money for the 
Town or committing bills for collection were examined, 
checked, and verified. 

The books and accounts of the Town Accountant were 
examined. The ledger accounts were analyzed; the receipts 
as recorded were checked with the Treasurer's record of 

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receipts; the payments were compared with the Treasury 
warrants approved by the Board of Selectmen; and the 
appropriation accounts were checked with the appropriations, 
transfers, and loan authorizations voted by the Town as 
listed from the Town Clerk's record of Town Meetings. The 
departmental accounts receivable as recorded were checked 
with the records of the several departments committing the 
bills and with the Treasurer's books; the transfers from the 
reserve fund were compared with the amounts authorized by 
the Finance Committee; and a balance sheet, which is ap- 
pended to this report, was prepared showing the financial 
condition of the Town on December 6, 1956. 

The books and accounts of the Town Treasurer were exam- 
ined. The recorded receipts were analyzed and checked with 
the records of the departments making payments to the Treas- 
urer and with other sources from which money was paid 
into the Town Treasury. The expenditures were compared 
with the Treasury Warrants approved by the Board of 
Selectmen, and the cash balance on December 6, 1956 was 
proved by reconciliation of the bank balances with statements 
furnished by the banks of deposit and by actual count of the 
cash in the office. 

The payments on account of maturing debt and interest 
were proved by comparison with the amounts falling due 
and with the cancelled securities and coupons on file. 

The savings bank books and securities representing the 
investment of the trust and investment funds in the custody 
of the Town Treasurer and the Trustees of the Charlotte 
L. Goodnow Fund were examined and listed, the income 
being proved and the payments to the Town being verified. 

The payroll deductions for Federal taxes. Blue Cross and 
Blue Shield, and the Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement 
and County Retirement Systems were listed and checked 
with the Treasurer's record of receipts; the payments to the 
Director of Internal Revenue, the Massachusetts Hospital 
Service, Inc., the Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement Board, 
and the County Treasurer were verified; and the balances 
in the General Treasury on December 6, 1956 were listed 
and proved with the Accountant's ledger. 

The records of tax titles held by the Town were examined. 
The tax title register was analyzed and checked with the 
Collector's and Treasurer's accounts, and with the Town 
Accountant's ledger control. 

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The books and accounts of the Town Collector were 
examined and checked. The tax, motor vehicle and trailer 
excise, assessment, and departmental accounts outstanding 
according to the previous examination, as well as all sub- 
sequent commitments, were audited and proved. The re- 
corded collections were checked; the abatements were com- 
pared with the Assessors' and other departmental records of 
abatements granted; the payments to the Treasurer were 
verified; the outstanding accounts were listed and proved 
with the Accountant's ledger; and the Town Collector's cash 
balance on December 6, 1956 was proved by reconciliation of 
the bank balance with a statement furnished by the bank 
of deposit and by actual count of the cash in office. 

The outstanding accounts were further verified by mailing 
notices to a number of persons whose names appeared on 
the books as owing money to the Town, and from the 
replies received it appears that the accounts, as listed, are 
correct. 

The Town Clerk's records of dog and sporting licenses 
issued were examined and checked, the payments to the 
State being verified by comparison with the receipts on 
file and the payments to the Town Treasurer being com- 
pared with the Treasurer's cash book. 

The records of licenses and permits issued by the Select- 
men were examined and checked, the payments to the 
Treasurer being verified. 

The surety bonds of the Town officials bonded for the 
faithful performance of their duties were examined and found 
to be in proper form. 

The records of receipts of the Sealer of Weights and 
Measures and of the Police, Fire, Health, School, and 
Cemetery departments, as well as of all other departments 
collecting money for the Town or committing bills for col- 
lection, were examined and checked with the Treasurer's 
cash receipts and with the records of the Town Accountant. 

Appended to this report, in addition to the balance sheet, 
are tables showing reconciliations of the Treasurer's and the 
Town Collector's cash, summaries of the tax, excise, street 
betterment assessment, tax title, and departmental accounts, 
as well as schedules showing the condition and transactions 
of the trust and investment funds. 

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For the cooperation received from all Town officials during 
the progress of the audit, I wish, on behalf of my assistants 
and for myself, to express appreciation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM SCHWARTZ, 
Assistant Director of Accounts. 
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TOWN OF ACTON 

GENERAL ACCOUNTS 

ASSETS 

Cash: 

General $284,231.99 

Advances for Petty: 

School General $20.00 

School Lunch 50.00 

$70.00 
Accounts Receivable: 
Taxes: 

Levy of 1951 

Personal Property $170.25 

Levy of 1952 

Personal Property 365.05 

Levy of 1953 

Personal Property 412.35 

Real Estate 45.18 

Levy of 1954 

Personal Property 1,337.30 

Real Estate 408.61 

Levy of 1955 

Personal Property 1,948.40 

Real Estate 7,615.29 

Levy of 1956 

Poll 148.00 

Personal Property 3,703.62 

Real Estate 37,471.34 

$53,625.39 
Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise: 

Levy of 1954 $74.16 

Levy of 1955 1,095.90 

Levy of 1956 13,730.17 

$14,900.23 
Special Assessments: 

Unapportioned Street Betterment 11,286.06 

Tax Titles and Possessions: 

Tax Titles $491.50 

Tax Possessions 400.19 

$891.69 
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BALANCE SHEET — DECEMBER 6, 1956 

LIABILITIES AND RESERVES 

Payroll Deductions: 

County Retirement System $421.84 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield 234.40 

$656.24 

Guarantee Deposits: 

Contract Bids $350.00 

Board of Appeals 47.25 

Planning- Board 77.00 

$474.25 

Dog Licenses — Due County $21.60 

Tailings — Unclaimed Checks $111.63 

Trust and Investment Funds Principal : 

Cemetery Perpetual Care Funds $17.50 

Stabilization Fund 5,000.00 

$5,017.50 
Ti-ust Fund Income: 

Cemetery Funds: 

Perpetual Care $78.33 

J. Roland Wetherbee 243.64 

Georgia E. Whitney 1.22 

Susan Noyes Hosmer 319.16 

Federal Grants: 

Disability Assistance: 

Administration $19.69 

Assistance 2,760.66 

Aid to Dependent Children: 

Administration 196.61 

Aid 212.70 

Old Age Assistance: 

Administration 145.75 

Assistance 22,846.68 

$26,182.09 
Old Age Assistance Recoveries $3,934.43 

Revolving Funds: 

School Lunch $1,568.51 

School Athletics 769.27 



$642.35 



$2,337.78 



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Departmental: 

Dog Officer $195.00 

Highway 90.00 

Disability Assistance 165.56 

Aid to Dependent Children 1,244.39 

Old Age Assistance 583.92 

Cemetery 289.00 

$2,567.87 
Aid to Highways: 

State $27,201.26 

County 5,390.58 

$32,591.84 

Unprovided For or Overdrawn Accounts: 
Revenue 1957 (Appropriations Voted 

October 1, 1956) $20,200.00 

Overdrawn Account — Section 31, Chapter 44, 
G. L.: 

Flood Damage $5,326.22 

Underestimates 1956: 

State Parks Assessment $432.42 

County Tax 553.32 

$985.74 
Due From Trust Funds: 

Elizabeth White Charity Fund $735.00 

Henry L. Raymond Cemetery Care Fund 12.73 

$747.73 



$427,424.76 



DEBT ACCOUNTS 

Net Funded or Fixed Debt: 
Inside Debt Limit: 

General $81,000.00 

' -, Outside Debt Limit: 
K . General 200,000.00 



$281,000.00 
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Appropriation Balances: 

Revenue $103,446.24 . j- 

Non-Revenue: 

Elementary School Construction 729.33 

$104,175.57 

Overestimate 1956: 

County Hospital Assessment $612.37 

Sale of Cemetery Lots Fund $2,610.35 

Receipts Reserved for Appropriations: 

Road Machinery Fund $13,523.93 

Reserve Fund — Overlay Surplus 8,490.81 

Overlays Reserved for Abatements: 

Levy of 1951 $170.25 

Levy of 1952 365.05 

Levy of 1953 457.53 

Levy of 1954 1,745.91 

Levy of 1955 5,757.66 

Levy of 1956 8,371.88 

$16,868.28 

Revenue Resei-ved Until Collected: 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise $14,900.23 

Special Assessment 11,286.06 

Tax Title and Possession 891.69 

Departmental 2,567.87 

Aid to Highway 32,591.84 

$62,237.69 

Reserve for Petty Cash Advance $70.00 

Surplus Revenue: 

Current Year $60,060.01 

$179,457.89 

Prior Years 119,397.88 

$427,424.76 



Serial Loans: 

Inside Debt Limit: 

High School $1,000.00 

Elementary School 70,000.00 

Surface Drainage 10,000.00 

$81,000.00 

Outside Debt Limit: 

Elementary School $160,000.00 

Blanchard Auditorium 40,000.00 

$200,000.00 



$281,000.00 
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TRUST AND INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS 

Trust and Investment Funds: 

Cash and Securities: 

In Custody of Town Treasurer $286,973.13 

In Custody of Trustees 3,524.50 



$290,497.63 



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In Custody of Town Treasurer: 

Charity Funds: 

Betsy M. Ball $12,046.59 

Elizabeth White 27,820.57 

Georgia E. Whitney 14,826.36 

Charlotte Conant School Fund 1,666.61 

Wilde Memorial Library Fund S2,470.53 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 7,444.02 

West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 886.47 

Cemetery Funds: 

Perpetual Care 78,134.48 

Surplus 234.00 

Hoit and Scott 609.85 

J. Roland Wetherbee 10,989.51 

Georgia E. Whitney 1,739.57 

Luke Blanchard 1,627.60 

Frank C. Haywood 1,227.36 

Susan Noyes Hosmer 89,480.05 

Henry L. Raymond Care 2,339.57 

Henry L. Raymond Monument 910.30 

Dr. Robert I. Davis 1,041.24 

Frank R. Knowlton 1,027.65 

Stabilization Fund 450.80 

$286,973.13 

In Custody of Trustees: 

Charlotte L. Goodnow Fund 3,524.50 

$290,497.63 



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A SPECIAL REPORT ON 
THE ACTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

The Acton Memorial Library in Acton Centre, adjacent to 
our Town Hall, stands not only as a memorial to the past, 
but it also strives to provide courteous and efficient service 
to its modern patrons. Anyone who visits the library can 
see for himself the blending of old and new, of past and 
present. 

In a Town with many historical memories, the library is 
an institution which plays an important part in presenting 
these colorful traditions. Here can be found the silver 
shoe buckles and sword worn by Captain Isaac Davis on 
April 19, 1775, or James Ha^^w^ard's powder-horn through 
which a fatal bullet passed into his body during the Revolu- 
tion. 

Alongside these exhibits from history can be seen such 
modern best sellers as Jean Kerr's Please Don't Eat the 
Daisies, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, and James Cousin's 
By Love Possessed. The library supplies a number of cur- 
rent books in literature, biography, history, and science. It 
serves the elementary school child, the teen-ager, and the 
college student. The library sei'\'es also as a source of 
reference information — historical and othei-wise. 

Additional specimens from history include life-sized busts 
of Washington and Lincoln, and an oil painting of Captain 
Isaac Davis leaving with his company on April 19, 1775. 

Above the fireplace in the reading room of the library 
appears this inscription, *This building a gift to his native 
town by William Allen Wilde." This makes clear the origin 
of the Acton Memorial Library. It was dedicated as a 
Memorial to the soldiers and sailors of the Civil War who 
fought for the Union and who were credited to this Town. 

The architecture of the building is Romanesque in style. 
It was built under plans of Hart well & Richardson and is 
of red brick, with finely carved sandstone trimmings. Within 
the low wide spreading arched entrance are two slate tablets. 
On these tablets are the names of the Acton men seizing 
in the Civil War, those who returned and those who died 
in service. 

The building was dedicated April 19, 1890. Mr. Wilde, the 
donor, was bom in the Southeast part of Acton in 1827. 

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In his later life he became a book publisher with his place 
of business on Bromfield Street, Boston. Besides the building 
he gave many paintings and a large number of books. 

The act of incorporation of the library was approved 
Feb. 27, 1890 and in the act were the names of Luther 
Conant, Moses Taylor, Delette H. Hall, Hiram J. Hapgood, 
and Daniel J. Wetherbee. These persons foiTned a body 
coi^porate by the name of Acton Memorial Library. With 
three people elected by the Town of Acton, the Trustees 
of said corporation were organized. These Trustees took 
care of the entire management, control, and direction of the 
affairs of the library. 

It was specified that the number of trustees should not 
exceed nine and that three of them should be elected, one 
for a term of three years, one for a two year term, and one 
for a single year only. 

Any vacancy, occurring at any time by death or otherwise 
in the Board of Cori^orators or their successors, would be 
filled by the remaining member of said board; and any 
vacancy occurrring by death or othenvise at any time in 
the Board of Trustees of any elected member should be filled 
by the Town of Acton at a future legal meeting. Only in- 
dividuals who were inhabitants of Acton could be eligible as 
Trustees. 

At a meeting of the voters of Acton, March 1890, William 
D. Tuttle was elected for the term of three years, Rev. James 
Fletcher for a term of two years, and Howard B. White for 
a term of one year. At a meeting of the Board of Trustees 
March 11, 1890 the eight members present organized fomially 
as a working group. 

The first librarian was Miss Ida A. Hale, who retired 
from this duty early in 1896. She was followed by Miss 
Viola S. Tuttle until her retirement by reason of ill health 
in 1902. 

The present organization of Trustees is made up of nine 
individuals: Mr. Alden C. Flagg, Dr. W. W. Forbes, ]\Ir. 
Frank Garbarino, Mr. Frederick Heyliger, Mr. Dudley Howe, 
Miss Florence Merriam, Mrs. M. P. Moore, Mrs. Albert 
Durkee, and Mr. Marvin Tolf. 

To move the clock to the present, several improvements 
in the library have been made. There is a ''cat-walk"; 
there are new chairs for the reading table; there is a maga- 

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zine rack; and this is, of course, a complete new lighting 
system. 

With the growth of the Town, the Trustees have length- 
ened library hours so that now the building is open every 
week day except Monday and holidays. In 1933, for example, 
the library was open only one hundred days during the year. 
The library now has a West Branch which is open on two 
days of the week. 

As population in the Town of Acton has increased so 
has the book circulation of the Acton Memorial Library. As 
a matter of interest the following table might be noted: 

1953 23,215 

1954 24,233 

1955 26,603 

1956 33,744 

1957 39,379 

Is the patron interested in flying saucers? He will want 
to read Flying Saiicers Uncensored by Harold T. Wilkins. 
Does he prefer poetry? He may browse through The Col- 
lected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Is he interested 
in studying the Bible? Then he might refer to Rand 
McN ally's Bible Atlas. For the child with imagination — 
and who has not — there are such fascinating new books as 
The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse. 

Today the library intends, as is its custom, to keep up 
with most of the best sellers in fiction and non-fiction from 
year to year. At present there are 20,367 volumes in the 
library. These include, naturally, much more non-fiction 
than fiction. 

We hope to provide many more new and interesting books 
for all ages over the future period of months and years. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MARIAN L. PIPER, 

Librarian. 



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LIBRARIAN'S REPORT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit the following report for 1957. 

Board of Trustees 

Mrs. Florence Durkee Frederick Heyliger 

Alden C. Flagg, Chairman Dudley Howe 

W. W. Forbes, M.D. Miss Florence Memam 

Frank Garbarino Mrs. M. P. Moore 

Marvin Tolf 

Library Hours 

Acton Memorial West Branch 

Tuesday - Saturday (inch) Tuesday 3 - 6 P. M. 

1 - 6 P. M. and 7 - 9 P. M. Thursday 6 - 8 P. M. 

Librarians 

Marian L. Piper 

Edna R. Custance (assistant) 

Ina Milbery — West Branch 

Custodian 

Ralph Parsons 

Accession 

Number of Volumes in Library January 1, 1957 19,850 

Increase by purchase 472 

Increase by gift 242 

Withdrawn 197 

Number of Volumes in Library Januaiy 1, 1958 20,367 

Circulation — 1957 

Fiction 20,524 

Non-iiction 6,526 

Juvenile 12,329 



Total 39,379 

(Circulation 1956 — 33,744) 

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Receipts 

Fines $446.17 

Miscellaneous 48.22 



Total $494.39 

To the many people who have given books and magazines 
to the library, we extend our sincere thanks. 

MARIAN L. PIPER, 

Librarian. 



REPORT OF WELFARE DEPARTMENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Gentlemen : — 

Submitted herewith is the report of the Board of Public 
Welfare for the year 1957. 

OLD AGE ASSISTANCE: The year opened with 60 
recipients and closed with 64 within this category. There 
had been 9 deaths and 3 withdrawals. 19 new applications 
were processed, of which 16 were approved. 

AID TO DEPENDENT CHILDREN. 30 children from 
seven families have been aided throughout the year in this 
group. We received 5 new applications. One case was 
approved and the other 4 were aided otherwise or referred 
to the proper agencies. 

DISABILITY ASSISTANCE AND GENERAL RELIEF: 

Several cases have received some form of assistance under 
this double heading. 

The following is a detailed analysis of the expenditure 
for the year 1957 and the estimated expenditure for 1958: 

Old Age Assistance 

Amount paid to Acton residents $70,889.70 

Amount paid to Acton cases elsewhere 664.09 

$71,553.79 
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Federal share $29,339.45 

State share 29,621.62 

Receipts from other towns 2,805.27 

$61,766.34 

Net cost to Acton $9,787.45 

Aid to Dependent Children 

Amount paid to Acton residents $13,599.89 

Federal share $7,006.09 

State shaxe 4,533.29 

$11,539.38 

Net cost to Acton $2,060.51 

Disability Assistance and General Relief 

Amount paid from GENERAL RELIEF $1,292.06 
Amount paid from DISABILITY AS- 
SISTANCE 6,418.60 

$7,710.66 

Reimbursement from GENERAL RE- 
LIEF $310.00 

Federal share (DISABILITY) 1,969.50 

State share (DISABILITY) 2,844.45 

$5,123.95 

Net cost to Acton $2,586.71 

Nashoba Public Welfare District Administration 

TOTAL COST $13,008.97 

Net cost to Acton $2,400.00 

Recovery from Lien on Real Estate 
OLD AGE ASSISTANCE $6,114.16 

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Estimated Expenditure for 1958 

OLD AGE ASSISTANCE $41,000.00 

AID TO DEPENDENT CHILDREN .. 6,500.00 

DISABILITY ASSISTANCE AND 

GENERAL RELIEF 5,000.00 

NASHOBA DISTRICT ADMINISTRA- 
TION 3,000.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

LOSSIE E. LAIRD, Chairman 
RAYMOND H. GALLANT 
CLINTON S. CURTIS 



REPORT OF THE 
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' SERVICES 

To the Honorable Selectmen of the Town of Acton : 

First of all please accept my sincere thanks for the oppor- 
tunity to serve the veterans of all v/ars in the Town of 
Acton. This being my initial report an explanation of the 
duties involved might be of value to both the taxpayers 
and the recipients. 

This department is made up in two parts • — veterans' 
services which involve hospitalization, education, GI loans, 
pensions, etc., and general advice for all benefits to which 
the veteran is entitled. The title of Director of Veterans' 
Services is given for this work which incidentally requires 
many hours of investigation and in many cases trips to 
the VA for examinations. We not only give advice but 
assist in completing the problems. We have found many 
cases which we have aided, eligible for VA benefits, all of 
which brings in monthly checks to the recipients and adds 
to the economy of the Town. This total actually brings in 
several thousands of dollars into the community each year 
which is rewarding to your Director to justify the many 
hours spent in obtaining these benefits for deserving vet- 
erans. 

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The other part of this department is handled by your 
Agent who determines the amounts of Veterans' Benefits 
awarded to worthy cases. The amounts paid to the appli- 
cants are governed by a budget set up by the Commissioner 
of Veterans' Services, State House, Boston. All such cases 
when approved by the Commissioner are reimbursed by the 
State 50% so when the Town expends $10,000 for relief of 
NEEDY cases it actually costs the Town only $5,000. 

Right here let us pause to remind the citizens of the Tewn 
that the basis of recommending Veterans' Benefits is NEED. 

To anticipate the potential case load in the Department 
let us realize that 19% of the population in any city or 
town are veterans. Add to that the dependents who are 
potential applicants, and we find in addition to the veteran 
with at least 90 days of wartime service we must also 
include his wife, children and his parents. 

In conclusion we acknowledge the friendly cooperation of 
the Selectmen and Town officials, and the doctors who have 
contributed generously of their time in expediting emergency 
cases. The veterans' organization have also worked in com- 
plete teamwork in reporting many worthy instances of distress 
among members of their very important groups. This office 
is at your disposal Tuesday nights from 7:30 to 9 or in 
case of any emergency any evening by calling CO 3-4694 
will bring immediate attention to any need for service. 
A very sincere New Year salute to the finest people in the 
U. S. A. ... the veterans of all wars. 

Respectfully submitted, 

IAN M. MOTT, 
Director and Agent. 



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REPORT OF BOARD OF HEALTH 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen 
Acton, Massachusetts 
Gentlemen : 

The Board of Health herewith submits its report for the 
year ending December 31, 1957, together with the reports 
of other departments connected with them, and other items 
of interest concerning the Health and Sanitation of the 
Town. 

The year 1957 presented a change of members within the 
Board. This was the resignation of Herbert L. Leusher 
who had served the Board for ten (10) years. He was 
replaced by John W. Fish to fill the unexpired term. 

In this year intensified activities have been carried on by 
the Board, and the cooperation of the people has been greatly 
appreciated. Still there is work to be done throughout the 
Town to correct conditions which fortunately have not given 
rise to sickness. With the rapid growth of the Town, both 
residential and industrial, these conditions cannot possibly 
be given the proper attention without a man '*in the field," 
to be available at all times. Environmental sanitation is the 
method in which man's surroundings are improved or con- 
trolled for his physical betterment. One function of the 
Board of Health which is of utmost importance has been 
sewage and drainage conditions on Maple, Stow and School 
Streets, South Acton. Many houses drain either into streams 
or flood waters. Owing to low land in most of this area, 
nothing can be done with these conditions until the water 
level of Fort Pond Brook is lowered or a sewage system 
installed. The Board of Health is still hoping they will be 
able to alleviate some of the condition. Five State Sanitary 
inspections have been made of this area as well as other 
sub-marginal land in other parts of Town. We had hoped 
to get a report back in time to publish in the Town Report. 
If this cannot be done, we will publish it later in a local 
newspaper. These inspections have been of great help to 
the Board. 

Garbage collection is furnished by the Town. This is 
under a three year contract and supervised by the Board 
of Health. No paper, tin cans, or rubbish of any kind is to 
be put in the garbage. No frozen garbage can be collected 
and garbage containers must be placed within reasonable 

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access. By means of garbage disposal regulations, contrac- 
tors transporting garbage or other offensive matter in Acton 
are strictly controlled and licensed by the Board of Health. 

The Board of Health believes that with increased use of 
the Dump, it is necessary to add more gravel and fill to 
maintain the Dump in 1958. We would again bring to 
attention of the people that the Dump is open seven (7) 
days per week for their convenience. No one is to dump 
rubbish near the gate after the Dump is closed. Rubbish is 
to contain no garbage. Water was installed in the spring 
of 1957 and proved very satisfactory. As the year ended, we 
had only two (2) fires which necessitated the aid of the 
fire department as compared with sixteen (16) in 1956. 

During the Fall, State inspections were made of nursery 
schools and kindergartens. Owing to this inspection new 
rules and regulations will be made in 1958 to better health 
and safety conditions. 

The Town appropriated $2,700.00 for mosquito control at 
the March Town Meeting. Two (2) sprays were done by the 
East Coast Aviation Corp. Due to the dry season the Board 
decided it was not necessary to have a third spray, thus 
turning back $1,040 to the Town as an unexpended balance. 
We are asking in an article for $3,000 for 1958. The reason 
for this is to extend the first spray to cover a larger area, 
which would make approximately $1,000 per spray. 

There were ninety-five (95) cases of contagious diseases 
which are dangerous to the public health, reported during 
the year 1957. 

Cases reported: 

Chicken pox 10 

Mumph 54 

Dog bites 12 

German measles 13 

Scarlet fever 1 

Diphtheria 1 

Tuberculosis 4 



95 

There are two (2) cases of Tuberculosis in hospitals at 
present. 

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The following permits were issued: 

Sewage permits (new construction) 83 

Sewage permits (additional to old) 43 

$2,290.00 was collected for these. 

Burial permits 25 

Offal permits 2 

Overnight cabins 2 

Methyl Alcohol permits 13 

Kindergartens and children's work shops 5 

Slaughtering permit 1 

Rest Homes inspected 2 

There were six (6) swimming holes inspected. 

The following is the report of the Food, Water and Milk 
Inspector: 

Milk plants inspected 11 

Eating places inspected 11 

Catering establishments 3 

Stores where milk, etc. are sold 9 

Ice cream licenses issued 2 

Milk licenses issued 19 

Milk dealers licenses issued 15 

Water samples taken of Town water and other 
places when the Board of Health con- 
sidered necessary 50 

All eating places had glasses and silverware laboratory 
tested for cleanliness twice during the year. 

Milk and cream samples were picked up at stores and 
analyzed. Also the school milk was tested each month. 

The following is the report of the Plumbing Inspector: 
There were one hundred ninety-one (191) permits issued. 

Total amount collected $906.50. 

The following is the report of the Town Health Nurse, 
Mrs. Eileen F. Hale, R.N. : 

Old Age 

Welfare 

Aid to Dependent Children 

Veterans, Veterans' Widows or their Dependents 

Social Security disabilities 

Total number of calls 479 

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Communicable Disease visits 

Mumps 22 

Measles 1 

Scarlet fever 1 

Diphtheria 1 

German measles 2 

Asian Flu 2 

Tuberculosis 

Active cases — Hospitalized 2 

Active cases — Not Hospitalized 1 

Inactive cases 9 

Contacts 31 

Clinics for Salk Polio Vaccine inoculations 

Preschool 347 / o j • i 4.- 

t , \ (.ciH \ 3rd moculations 

School 997 \ 

School personnel 114 

Medical, Surgical and Chronic cases 1,285 

Maternal and Child Health Visits 170 

Prenatal visits 
Postnatal visits 
School children 

Clinics 

Dental Clinic held each month except August. 

Polio — 5 Clinics 1,564 inoculations 

Monthly Chest X-ray Clinic 45 X-rayed 

Preschool Clinic 91 children 

Diphtheria and Schiclv testing 
Asian Flu vaccine inoculations to 

school and Town Employees .... 276 

Trips to doctors, hospitals and Waltham 

Sanatorium 40 

Kindergarten inspections 8 

Follow up visits (not charged) 273 

Night, Sunday and off-hour calls 58 

Paid visits to persons under doctor's 

care 586 

Total money received from calls $625.00 

Dental Clinic 25.50 

Total $650.50 

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This service is a public health service sponsored by the 
Board of Health. It offers such professional nursing skills 
which are a part of the public health nurse's practice to 
individuals requiring such service in the home. It is offered 
only under the direction and guidance of a physician and is 
available to anyone living in the Town of Acton. She may 
be reached during the day by telephone. The number is 
CO 3-4736. 

In conclusion, the Board of Health wishes to any one who 
in any way contributed to a successful program; its thanks 
and gratitude. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ORMA L. CLARK, M.D., Chairman 

JOHN W. FISH 

MARTIN J. DUGGAN, R.N. 



REPORT OF THE ACTON PLANNING BOARD 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The activities of the Acton Planning Board during the 
past year have been directed toward the administration of 
the Subdivision Control Law, toward the improvement of 
the Protective Zoning By-Law and the Building By-Law 
and toward certain other specific problems. 

A total of four subdivisions were approved in 1957 and 
they include: 

Jenks Realty Company: Robbins Park in Acton Center 
Jenks Realty Company: Second section of Robbins Park 
Henry Erikson: Birch Ridge in West Acton 
Howland Parker: Off Elm Street in West Acton. 

One subdivision was turned down when suitable easements 
for draining the land were not obtained. One subdivision 
is currently pending approval; the hearing having been 
held in the latter part of December. 

The Protective Zoning By-Law was carefully studied and 
a series of amendments to this by-law were recommended 
to the Town for approval at the Annual Town Meeting and 

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the Special Town Meeting, November 4, 1957. These amend- 
ments included the following: 

1. Four articles concerning rezoning of property were pre- 
sented to the Annual Meeting. Three of these articles were 
approved by the Town although one of these was later 
disapproved on a technicality by the Attorney General's 
office. Three articles, one of which was the item disapproved 
previously by the Attorney General, were submitted to the 
Special Town Meeting and two of these were approved by the 
Town. Two additional rezoning actions were discussed at 
public hearings but were not placed on the warrant by the 
Board inasmuch as they did not seem to be in the best 
interests of the Town. 

2. Articles concerning the licensing of trailers and the 
restrictions on residential building in a business zone were 
recommended to the Town at the Annual Meeting. A 
revision to the opening section of the by-law was recom- 
mended at the special meeting. All of these recommenda- 
tions were approved by the Town, although a portion of the 
latter article was disapproved by the Attorney General. 

A series of lengthy articles amending the Building By-Law 
were recommended to the Town for adoption. These articles, 
which concerned fire safety principally and which were 
worked out with Fire Chief MacGregor, were approved by 
the Town at the Special Town Meeting in November. 

A total of ten streets in new subdivisions were accepted 
during the past year upon the Board's recommendation. 

The Planning Board was directed by the Town in a 
Special Town Meeting on June 24, 1957 to study a drainage 
problem in South Acton. This report, which follows, was 
reviewed at a duly advertised public hearing, November 
18, 1957. The actions, which are recommended in this report, 
are logical and straightfoi^ward. They should be pursued 
with all vigor and dispatch. Further drainage or sewage 
studies in this section of Town should not be initiated until 
this obvious problem is resolved. 

The West Acton drainage project has been completed. Mr. 
Benjamin Rice is to be commended for the quality of the 
work as well as for staying within the appropriated funds 
for this project. 

The Planning Board suffered a severe loss on the death 
of Aubrey Kretschmar last spring in spite of the fact 

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that he had resi^ied from the Board to take his place on 
the Board of Selectmen. Mr. Kretschmar's influence will 
continue to be felt in Acton due to his intense devotion to 
Town affairs and good government. 

In the interest of improving our Town government, the 
following recommendations are made: 

1. That the scheduled Special To^\ti Meeting held in 
November be continued. This meeting, which constituted 
twenty-one articles this past year, some of which were con- 
troversial as well as lengthy, accomplished much constructive 
work in addition to shortening this year's Annual Meeting 
Wan-ant appreciably. 

2. That the Town consider employing a Town Engineer, 
on a consulting basis, to assist the Planning Board and other 
boards and departments. The need for an experienced, 
trained man to help in the technical aspects of subdivision 
planning, road maintenance and drainage is undeniable. 

3. That the Town consider employing an administrative 
assistant to the Selectmen. The crushing work load of the 
Selectmen, particularly in reference to daily routine functions, 
could be reduced appreciably by such means. This should 
free the Selectmen for the important policy making function 
that is sometimes by-passed because of the press of these 
routine functions. 

The Planning Board would like to thank the various 
Boards, Committees and Departments of the Town for their 
excellent cooperation during the year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CHARLES J. FARLEY 
H. W. FLOOD 
JOHN H. LORING 
DAVID P. TINKER 
FREDERICK W. WHITCOMB 



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REPORT TO THE TOWN OF ACTON 

CONCERNING SOUTH ACTON DRAINAGE 

PROBLEM 

The Planning Board was instructed by the Town at a 
Special Town Meeting on June 24, 1957 to study the various 
aspects of the drainage problem in South Acton, centering 
around the Faulkner dam. An appropriation of one thousand 
dollars ($1,000) was made for this study and our expendi- 
tures to date have been less than six hundred dollars ($600). 
Mr. Leonard Rae has handled much of the legal work in 
the pursuit of this assignment, and the Board is most 
appreciative for his excellent help. 

Our study has disclosed the following points that are 
pertinent to the problem: 

The Town should not attempt to own the Faulkner dam 
since it is very unlikely that this dam would be within the 
proper classification of property which a Town may acquire 
for public or municipal purposes. If the Town was purchas- 
ing this property as a historic monument, for example, this 
might be a proper classification. The Planning Board has 
received a letter from the owner's attorney stating that the 
dam is not for sale. 

It would not appear that an action to abate a private 
nuisance by the owners of the property adjacent to the 
mill-pond would be successful since the fiowage rights to 
their lands are held by the present owner of the Faulkner 
dam. However, the fiowage rights held by the owner of 
the dam does not give him a right to maintain the dam if it 
is a public nuisance. 

The Board of Health is the proper board to take action 
to correct the present problems. It is within the powers of 
the Board of Health to determine whether the dam is a 
source of a nuisance which so affects the Town as to be 
considered a public nuisance. The Board of Health has 
already given the opinion that the Faulkner dam constitutes 
a nuisance to the Town, particularly from a health stand- 
point. 

If the Board of Health decides that the Faulkner dam 
constitutes a public nuisance, they may take action in accord- 
ance with Chapter 111, Section 122 of the General Laws. This 
section grants to the Board of Health broad and plenary 

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powers to deal with the elimination of a nuisance. If the 
Board of Health neglects or refuses to pass all proper orders 
to abate the nuisance, anyone aggrieved by such neglect or 
refusal may apply to the County Commissioners in accord- 
ance with the provisions of Chapter 111, Section 141. The 
County Commissioners may hear and determine such applica- 
tion and exercise all the powers of the Board of Health. 

We therefore propose that the following action be taken: 

1. That the Board of Health proceed immediately to establish 
the existence of a public nuisance due to the Faulkner dam. 

2. That the Board of Health proceed to take the necessary 
steps under Chapter 111, Section 122, to abate the nuisance. 

The action to abate this nuisance should be pursued with 
all vigor and speed by the Board of Health in order to make 
the most of an extremely dry summer and fall. 

The amount of water to be released is at a minimum now 
and the problems attendent to abating the nuisance are 
probably less difficult during conditions of low water. 

While no action by a Town Meeting is required at this 
time to initiate the action, it may be necessary for the Town 
to appropriate a sum of money if the owner of the dam 
refuses to cooperate with the Board of Health and it becomes 
necessary to take the case to court. A Special Town Meeting 
for this purpose can be called if it becomes necessary. 

While the Planning Board has no authority to undertake 
this action, we wish to offer our services to the Board of 
Health in any way that we can help. We feel that a thor- 
ough cleanup of Fort Pond Brook, from town line to town 
line, would make Acton a healthier, more pleasant Town 
to live in. 

Respectfully submitted, 

C. J. FARLEY 
H. W. FLOOD 
JOHN LORING 
DAVID TINKER 
FREDERICK WHITCOMB 



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REPORT OF 

THE CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 

FOR THE YEAR 1957 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

We hereby submit the following report for the year ending 
December 31, 1957. 

The account of the Town Treasurer shows that during the 
past year the Cemetery Department has received and paid 
into the Treasury the sum of $2,928.55 which can be found 
itemized in the Treasurer's report. Also in the Town Col- 
lector's report you will find the sum of ?615.50 collected for 
the annual care of lots, which is credited to the Cemetery 
Department receipts. 

There has been added to the Perpetual Care Account and in 
Special Funds, the past year, in new and additional accounts, 
the sum of $5,837.88; this means that from these three ac- 
counts, the department has received and turned over to the 
Treasury the sum of $9,381.93. 

We have submitted four articles for the Annual Town 
Meeting for March 10, 1958. One of the articles deals with 
the purchasing of 29 acres of land adjoining Mt. Hope 
Cemetery, West Acton, Mass.; as there is not much more 
land left in the present cemetery, we feel that now is the 
time to purchase this land, that is now available to the Town. 
Two of the articles deal with the authorization to transfer 
money to repurchase cemetery lots. One deals with the 
acceptance of a legacy and we recommend the approval of 
all the articles. 

Respectfully submitted, 

RAY L. HARRIS 
HOWARD F. JONES 
HARRY E. HOLT 
Cemetery Commissioners. 



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REPORT OF THE TREE WARDEN 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1957. The 
Department removed a number of diseased or structurally 
weak trees along the Town ways. 

Forty new trees were planted this year. 

The Department received a new truck in August. This 
piece of equipment works very well and should serve the 
Town for many years. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRANKLIN H. CHARTER, 

Tree Warden. 



REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE 

GOODNOW FUND 

For the Year Ending December 31, 1957 

INVESTMENTS 

Charlestown Savings Bank $465.54 

Concord Co-operative Bank Shares 3,000.00 

$3,465.54 

RECEIPTS 

Cash on hand January 1, 1957 $58.96 

Charlestown Savings Bank 14.54 

Concord Co-operative Bank 95.64 

$169.14 

EXPENDITURES 

Treasurer of the Evangelical Church 

in Acton $129.14 

Town of Acton for perpetual care of 
Goodnow Lot in Woodlawn Ceme- 
tery 40.00 

$169.14 

THELMA L. BOATMAN, 
ROY H. LINSCOTT, 
Trustees of Goodnow Fund. 

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REPORT OF THE 

TRUSTEES OF THE ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 

For the Year Ending December 31, 1957 

The Trustees of this fund have signed orders to the 
Town Treasurer totahng eleven hundred dollars ($1,100.00). 

Respectfully submitted, 

HELEN B. WOOD, 
HAZEL P. VOSE, 
THELMA M. BLOOD, 
Trustees of 
Elizabeth White Fund. 



ANNUAL REPORT 
OF RECREATION COMMISSION 

January 7, 1958 

In September the first Town Recreation Commission was 
appointed by the Selectmen, consisting of representatives 
from each part of the Town. An informal survey of present 
recreational facilities was made, in order to determine where 
our first emphasis should be placed. At the moment, our 
purpose is two-fold: to maintain and improve Town proper- 
ties now available for recreation to citizens of Acton, and 
to acquire additional properties suitable for future develop- 
ment. With suitable areas at our disposal, we hope eventu- 
ally to provide facilities for swimming, playgi'ound activities, 
and general outdoor recreation. The Commission feels 
strongly that careful long-range planning is necessary in 
the field of recreation in view of the rapid expansion of 
the Town and our present dearth of facilities. We hope 
for the Townspeople's loyal support, suggestions, and recom- 
mendations. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FREDERICK T. HEYLIGER, Chairman 
NICHOLAS ALBANESE 
EARL F. HAYWARD, JR. 
MARGARET J. LUNDBERG 
PATIENCE H. MacPHERSON 

January 13, 1958 

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TOWN OF ACTON BUILDING COMMITTEE 

During the past year your Building Committee has been 
extremely active. Presently under construction, as a result 
of the Town's affirmative action in Town Meetings, are the 
West Acton Firehouse on Central Street and a twenty-room 
elementary school on Charter Road. The firehouse will be 
completed this spring, and the school in slightly more than 
a year. 

The Building Committee would like to suggest that the 
procedure for appropriating money on future construction 
projects be changed. In almost all cases in the past, the 
actual construction cost of the building has exceeded the 
original estimates necessitating the committee to go back 
to the Town for additional money. We would suggest that 
at the time the Town authorizes the committee to hire an 
architect, sufficient money be appropriated to pay all fees 
necessary for the Town to receive the completed working 
plans of the proposed construction. The committee could 
then put these plans out for bid and upon receipt of the 
bid would go to the Town Meeting knowing the exact amount 
of money necessary to complete the job. If the Town Meet- 
ing approves the construction, enough cash should be in- 
cluded in the appropriation to pay the contractor's requisition 
for at least three months. This would enable the Town to 
pay the contractor while the bond issue was being arranged. 

We wish to thank all the departments and personnel of 
the Town for their cooperation in the past year. 
December 17, 1957 

JAMES KINSLEY 
KENNETH JEWELL 
LLOYD PRIEST 
NORMAN McINTOSH 



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REPORT OF THE ARCHIVES COMMITTEE 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

During the past year the Archives Committee has further 
investigated the possible improvements in the organization 
and preservation of the Town records and historical material. 

It is now thought that the Town should engage in a pro- 
gram of microfilming all old records of importance. Talks 
with a representative of an experienced firm show that this 
is entirely feasible and that the project could be accomplished 
for a total expenditure of approximately $1,500. An article 
has been inserted in the Town Wan-ant seeking authorization 
for the necessary funds. The sum of $500 voted last year 
has been held in abeyance as it was found that the necessary 
work could be accomplished more economically if performed 
at one time. 

The Committee notes with gratification that improvement 
has been made by members of the staff of the Town Clerk's 
office in the orderly rearrangement and maintenance of ma- 
terial in the Town vaults. 

The Town has access to many pictures and documents of 
historical value and local interest which could be put on 
public display if adequate space were available. It is sug- 
gested that thought be given by the citizens to the planning 
of proper facihties for this purpose. 

The Committee again wishes to stress the urgent need for 
more storage space and fireproof facilities to accommodate 
the constantly increasing volume of records of the various 
Town departments. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FREDERICK KENNEDY, Chaimian 
DONALD FELT 
JOYCE WOODHEAD 



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APRIL 19th, 1957 PRESENTATION OF 
CAPTAIN ISAAC DAVIS' SWORD 



On the morning of April 19th, 1957 at the Old North 
Bridge at Concord, Mass., with the monument in the back- 
ground which commemorates the Battle of April 19th, 1775, 
with members of the Clergy, Honored Guests, Military Units 
and citizens from several nearby towns, Mr. Robert D. Parks, 
Chairman of the Board of Selectmen of Concord, Mass., pre- 
sented Capt. Isaac Davis' Sword, to Mr. Charles D. MacPher- 
son. Chairman of Selectmen of Acton, Mass. 

Capt. Isaac Davis Sword was purchased from a member of 
the Davis family by the Town of Concord and it has been on 
display at the Concord Library for a great many years. At 
the Annual Town Meeting of 1957 the citizens of the Town 
of Concord, Mass., voted to return the Sword to Acton. 
It is now on display in its case in the room to the left 
as you enter the Acton Memorial Library, Acton, Mass. 

Below are the remarks made by Mr. Robert D. Parks and 
Mr. Charles D. MacPherson at Concord, Mass., April 19th, 
1957 which is symbolic of the friendship which exists be- 
tween the two towns. 



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The Archives Committee 

April 19th 1957 Presentation 

of Capt. Isaac Davis' Sword 

by 

Robert D. Parks, 

Chairman of Board of Selectmen 

Reverend Members of the Clergy, honored guests, fellow 
citizens, it is my privilege, in behalf of the Town of Concord, 
to welcome you to this commemoration of one of America's 
most historic moments. Each year we gather here on 
April 19th to honor those who fired the first shot in the 
struggle for those freedoms and blessings which you and 
I enjoy today. Each year the deep significance of this first 
battle for freedom becomes more and more apparent as we 
study the world in which we live. 

Each year April 19th serves as a vital reminder that we 
must continually rededicate ourselves to the preservation of 
those freedoms which are America's most priceless heritage. 
These freedoms cannot be taken for granted. They must be 
won again and again — every day of our lives. If we relax 
our vigilance, they can be lost overnight. If we yield to the 
false ideas abroad in the world today the fertile seed of 
liberty planted in this hallowed ground and the battle which 
took place here will have been in vain. It is our real respon- 
sibility to forever guard these principles which have given 
America its position of world leadership in these troubled 
times. We must prove ourselves equal to this leadership. 
With God's good guidance may we face squarely the challenge 
which is yours and mine. 

May we ever be mindful of all which America offers us 
but sometimes we fail to fully appreciate. May we as 
strong men and women using the tools of friendship and 
understanding toward those who would be our friends make 
in our own way our personal contribution toward making 
this old world a better place in which to live. Symbolic 
of such friendship which can bind men, towns, and nations 
together in a common purpose is the sword of Capt. Issac 
Davis, a neighbor from Acton, who joined the Minutemen 
here at this bridge in that battle 182 years ago. 

On the Concord Independent Battery's cannon is the fol- 
lowing inscription: 'The Legislature of Massachusetts con- 

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secrate the names of Major John Buttrick and Captain 
Isaac Davis, whose valour and example excited their fellow- 
citizens to a successful resistance of a superior number of 
British troops at Concord Bridge the 19th of April, 1775, 
which was the beginning of a contest in arms that ended 
in American Independence." May his sword always be such 
a symbol of the good will and respect between two neighbors, 
who have learned to work and live together, over the years, 
in the finest traditions of Democracy in action. Therefore, 
it is a real honor for me at this time, in accordance with 
the unanimous wish of the citizens of Concord, to present 
this sword to the Town of Acton. 

Remarks Delivered By Charles D. MacPherson April 19, 1957 

At The Concord Bridge On The Occasion Of The Return Of 

Captain Isaac Davis' Sword To Acton. 

I wish to express to the citizens of Concord the thanks 
and appreciation of the townspeople of Acton for the gift 
of Captain Isaac Davis' sword. 

This courteous, generous and neighborly act had a pre- 
cedent in 1885, when the stepping stone on which Captain 
Davis reputedly fell, was presented to Acton to be incorpor- 
ated in the Acton monument, at whose dedication in 1851, 
Daniel Webster said: 

'*In the scene at Concord Bridge, Isaac Davis stands out 
in bold relief. He was the first American officer who sealed 
his devotion to the cause of liberty with his own blood." 

Historical accounts tell us that in the fight at the Bridge, 
the Acton men occupied the post of greatest danger. The 
British volleys that killed Abner Hosmer, drummer, and 
Luther Blanchard, fifer, both Actonians, must have abruptly 
silenced the strains of the "White Cockade" to which the 
advancing column marched. 

Yet for all the minutemen and militia present who shared 
with Concord the danger of this first organized attack on 
the troops of George the Third, there is glory and honor 
enough to go around. 

Acton has always stood in a particularly close relationship 
to Concord. As one of her "daughter towns," she was known 
as the "West Village" until set off as a separate township 
in 1735. There is evidence to show that a plan for th«. defense 
of Concord, storehouse for military supplies, had been mu- 

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tually worked out; the Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Bedford and 
Carlisle companies had held a field day for training in 
Acton at which the Rev. William Emerson had preached. 

Acton men have stood shoulder to shoulder with Concord 
men in subsequent wars. Dr. Johnson defined a neighbor as 
"partaking of the same nature and therefore entitled to 
good offices." 

Today's action by Concord keeps alive this historic tradi- 
tion of neighborliness. 

I thank you. 




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FIRST REPORT OF 
INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE 

January 13, 1958 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The Industrial Development Committee was appointed by 
the Selectmen in accordance with the vote under Article 47 
of the 1957 warrant. The Committee has met regularly 
and has spent considerable time discussing with our estab- 
lished industry, and with Town boards and officials, matters 
affecting the location and development of industry in Acton. 
It is the responsibility of the Industrial Development Com- 
mittee to study and report to the Selectmen whether special 
efforts should be made to encourage the location of industry 
here, rather than to engage in a program to attact industry 
wdthout preliminary study. 

To determine whether the attraction of industry to Acton 
is advisable, it should be asked what benefits would be de- 
rived from such efforts. Acton does not presently have an 
unemployment problem nor are local business and profes- 
sional interests suffering from a lack of customers or clients. 
Those present at your Committee's public meeting on 
November 14, 1957 indicated by their comments that their 
primary interest in locating more industry in Acton would be 
the presumed tax benefits. All of this tends to support the 
view that industrial development in Acton should be pro- 
moted only if as a consequence the tax rate can be reduced 
or its rate of growth lessened without impairing the char- 
acter of the community. 

Our investigations have been two-fold in character: (1) 
to determine what effect present industry has had on Acton; 
(2) to review those factors which might be expected to 
induce industry to locate within this area. It is believed 
that Acton attracted existing industry primarily by having 
ample available low-priced land, by having relatively low 
taxes at the time, and by being centrally located from a 
distribution standpoint. These few points were mentioned 
most frequently by the companies contacted as reasons for 
locating in Acton. Other community assets seem to be 
available labor, ample utility services, and adequate high- 
ways. However, practically all industries moving into Acton 
have had problems in getting water to their property and 
likewise have experienced difficulties concerning drainage. 

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These companies do not appear to have caused the ^owth in 
Town population, nor do they predominantly employ Acton 
residents. The cost and profit of these industries to Acton 
has not yet been fully evaluated. It is known, however, that 
approximately one-eighth of Acton's taxable valuation is 
industrial land and buildings and other related taxable pro- 
perty. 

All local industry has expressed a warm feeling for the 
Town and .a desire to engage in no activity which would be 
harmful to the community. The large majority do not feel 
that additional industry in Acton would adversely affect 
them and they have expressed no requirement for additional 
services from the Town. 

Your Industrial Development Committee intends to con- 
tinue further study which should lead to other specific recom- 
mendations for the future. Three points appear to be worthy 
of immediate consideration: 

1) Whether or not Acton actively seeks new industry, it 
seems that an Industrial Code should be adopted. This 
code, which could incorporate such points as minimum 
acreage, set-backs, landscaping and architectural re- 
quirements, and specific acceptable types of industry, 
would act as protection for existing industry and present 
residents as much as for new industry and new residents. 

2) An immediate and intensive effort to attract new in- 
dustry to Acton has been suggested. It is believed, 
however, that more comprehensive planning for our 
Town should be a prerequisite. Help in accomplishing this 
is available through the medium of the Urban Planning 
Assistance Program, Section 701, Title VII, Federal 
Housing Act of 1954, as administered by the Massachu- 
setts Department of Commerce, Division of Planning. 
Initial steps should be taken to investigate the potential 
value to Acton of Title VII aid. These steps require 
no Town appropriations whatsoever. Title VII planning, 
carried out by professional consultants and financed 
partly by the Federal Government, could include land 
use studies, tax base analyses, municipal fiscal forecasts 
and other problems affecting the future character of 
the Town. Acton's growth has reached a point at which 
major decisions in many areas including industrial 
development must be based on long-range thinking if 
the desirability of Acton is to be retained for future 
generations. 

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3) In the meantime, the Industrial Development Committee 
feels that its services should be made available to those 
desiring information relating to the location of new 
industry in Acton. 

FREDERICK H. BUBIER 
PAUL H. LESURE 
ELLEN D. LOTHROP 
RICHARD J. O'NEIL 
JOHN M. WHITTIER 
STEPHEN E. LORD, Chairman 



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REPORT OF 
ACTON SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 



ORGANIZATION 

Acton School Committee 

Mr. George E. Neagle, Chairman Term Expires 1958 

Mr. Thomas E. Wetherbee, Secretary Term Expires 1959 

Mr. Lloyd E. Williamson Term Expires 1958 

Mrs. Evelyn N. MacLean Term Expires 1959 

Mrs. Elizabeth H. Boardman Term Expires 1960 

Mr. Edmond J. McNiff Term Expires 1960 

Meetings of the School Committee 

Regular meetings are held the second Monday of each 
month in the Julia L. McCarthy Primary School at 7:30 P. M. 

Tel. 
Superintendent of Schools, William L. O'Connell 3-7738 

School Physician, Paul P. Gates, M.D 3-5671 

School Nurse, Miss Barbara Clemence 3-7738 

School Secretaries, Miss Wilma Erkkinen | o 7700 

Mrs. Priscilla Felt ] '^"'''^^ 

Mrs. Ida Vonlderstein 3-4181 

Attendance Officer, Mr. Louis Leveroni 3-4181 

Principals : 

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, 

Raymond J. Grey 3-7738 

Julia L. McCarthy Primary School, 

Mrs. Margaret H. Barrett 3-4982 

Acton Elementary School, Mrs. Carolyn T. Douglas 3-4181 

Acton Elementary School, 

Mrs. Caroljoi T. Douglas 3-4181 

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SCHOOL CALENDAR 

Reopening of All Schools, January 6, 1958 

Winter Recess, February 24 - 28 

Spring Recess, April 21 - 25 

Memorial Day, May 30 

Close of Acton Public Schools, Grades 1-6, June 13 

Close of School, Grades 7 and 8, Acton-Boxborough Regional 

High School, June 13 
Graduation, June 13 
Close of School, Grades 9. - 12, Acton - Boxborough Regional 

High School, June 20 

Summer Recess 

Teachers' Meetings, September 2 

Reopening of Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, 
Grades 7 - 12, September 3, 1958 

Reopening of Acton Public Schools, Grades 1-6, September 4 

Visiting Day (Convention or Workshop), October 24 

Columbus Day, October 12 

Veterans' Day, November 11 

Thanksgiving Recess, Noon November 26, 27, 28 

Christmas Holidays, December 24, 1958 to January 2, 1959 

Reopening of All Schools, January 5, 1959 

Winter Recess, February 23-27 

Spring Recess, April 20 - 24 

Close of Acton Public Schools, Grades 1-6, June 12 

Close of School, Grades 7 and 8, Acton-Boxborough Regional 

High School, June 12 
Graduation, June 12 
Close of School, Grades 9-12, Acton-Boxborough Regional 

High School, June 19 



NO SCHOOL SIGNAL 

1-1-1-1 7:15 A.M. No School Acton Public Schools 

Grades 1-6 

2-2-2-2 7:00 A.M. No School All Schools All Day 

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ACTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE REPORT 

1957 



The School Committee respectfully submits this report for 
the year 1957. 

For the first time in many years all Acton school children 
are housed in buildings of the School Department. With the 
opening of the Regional School, it has been possible to not 
only give up all rented space, but also to close the Center 
and West Schools. The closing of these schools, which were 
without facilities for present day teaching methods and 
v/hich had worn out or inadequate heating, lighting and 
plumbing, has long been the aim of this committee. 

It has been possible, also, with centralized housing, to 
offer hot lunches to all students. 

The sixth grade this year is housed in the Regional School, 
and the same plan will be followed in 1958 - 1959. The 
fifth grade fills the South School. Grades one through four 
are in the Julia L. McCarthy School and the old High School. 
During the past summer the conversion of the High School 
science laboratory and practical arts shop made new rooms 
for three more classes. 

The opening of the new Elementary School, planned for 
1958, will bring all pupils into buildings equipped with 
modem teaching aids and facilities to make going to school 
a most pleasant and profitable experience. 

This year a Curriculum Guide for grades one through 
six was put into effect. Written entirely by members of 
the Acton School Department — teachers and principals — 
this guide is designed to be used in conjunction with the 
State curriculum, and to give every child a complete and 
coordinated course of study. 

The School Committee is proud of the Curriculum Guide 
and wishes to thank its authors and others of the School 
Department for their cooperation and effort throughout the 

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year. At the same time they wish to thank all the boards and 
committees of the Town for their interest and aid so willingly 
given. 

ACTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE 
GEORGE E. NEAGLE, Chairman 
THOMAS E. WETHERBEE, Secretary . 
MRS. ELIZABETH H. BOARDMAN 
MRS. EVELYN N. MacLEAN 
EDMOND J. McNIFF 
LLOYD E. WILLIAMSON 



REPORT OF 
THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 

To the School Committee and Citizens of Acton: 

Herewith is presented my fourth report as Superintendent 
of Schools for Acton: 

School Finances 1957 

Received — To the Credit of Schools 

State Aid for Transportation $1,445.20 

State Aid for Public Schools 65,579.01 

Federal Aid 4,962.48 

Education of Handicapped 2,812.50 

Tuition — Commonwealth of Massacusetts 1,649.54 

Tuition and Transportation — Town of Westford 504.00 

Miscellaneous 201.06 



$77,153.79 



Net Cost of Operation 

Appropriated, March, 1957: 

Regional School District $155,781.36 

Acton Public Schools 183,816.00 

?339,597.36 

Total Amount Expended from Appropriations 

Regional School District $152,703.21 

Acton Public Schools 179,778.31 

$332,481.52 

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Received to Credit of Schools 77,153.79 



NET AMOUNT FROM LOCAL TAXES $255,327.73 

Less : Cost of New Equipment 

(Capital Outlay) 1,617.74 



NET COST OF OPERATION FROM 

1957 LOCAL TAXES $253,709.99 

Expended for Operation in 1957 

High Elementary Total 

Instruction $120,181.86 $127,698.42 $247,880.28 

Books and Supplies 5,189.74 5,260.59 10,450.33 

Plant Operation 13,896.26 23,001.70 36,897.96 

Plant Maintenance 152.46 3,293.44 3,445.90 

Auxiliary Agencies 1,304.64 12,123.54 13,428.18 

Transportation 14,992.82 14,992.82 

General Control 6,477.55 6,550.14 13,027.69 

Contingencies 55.81 400.00 455.81 

Gross Cost of Operation $162,251.14 $178,327.83 $340,578.97 

Gix>ss Cost per high 

school pupil (411)* $394.77 

Gross Cost per elementary- 
school pupil (740) $240.98 

Gross Cost per pupil (1,151) $295.90 

Gross Cost of Operation 

(as above) $162,251.14 $178,327.83 $340,578.97 

Less Receipts 35,000.00 42,153.79 77,153.79 

Net Cost of Operation $127,251.14 $136,174.04 $263,425.18 

Net Cost per high 

school pupil (411) $309.61 

Net Cost per elementary 

school pupil (740) $184.02 

Net Cost per pupil (1,151) $228.87 

* Does not include Boxborough students 

It should be noted that State Aid for 1957 was the same 
as the amount received in 1956, according to Chapter 559, 
Sections 4 and 5, which states that "reimbursements due on 
October 15, 1957 on account of General Laws, Chapter 70 
will be the same as the November 20, 1956 distribution." 
Consequently, the net cost per pupil figures are not the 
lowest possible amounts. The balance of 1957 State Aid will 
be paid in March, 1958. 

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1958 SCHOOL BUDGETS 

Total appropriation recommended by 

Acton School Committee $223,770.00 

Net amount requested by Acton-Box- 
borough Regional District School 
Committee 191,452.00 

$415,222.00 

Estimate of School Aid and other State 

or Federal reimbursement $100,500.00 

Estimate of other non-tax receipts for 

school support 1,500.00 

Total non-local tax receipts for school 

support $102,000.00 

Amount to be raised by local taxation 

for support of schools $313,222.00 



Estimated Receipts for 1958 

STATE AND FEDERAL AID 

General School Fund (Acton Public 
Schools and Acton students in Re- 
gional High School $79,000.00 

Balance due from 1957 State Aid 11,500.00 

$90,500.00 

Federal Aid 5,000.00 

Transportation 2,000.00 

Education of Handicapped 3,000.00 



TOTAL STATE AND FEDERAL AID $100,500.00 

TUITION 

Town of Westford $500.00 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts $1,000.00 



TOTAL TUITION PAYMENTS $1,500.00 

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ACTON PUBLIC SHCOOLS 

Proposed Budget for 1958 
January 1 - December 31, 1958 

Salaries 

Present Faculty $156,975.00 

Additional Needs — two teachers 3,280.00 

Secretary 1,320.00 

Substitutes 1,500.00 

Summer Programs 500.00 

Miscellaneous 500.00 

Total Salaries $164,075.00 

Books and Supplies 

Acton Elementary School $6,525.00 

Julia L. McCarthy Primary School 2,250.00 

Total Books and Supplies $8,775.00 

Operation of Plants 

Custodians $10,400.00 

Fuel 4,400.00 

Supplies 750.00 

Water 300.00 

Gas 300.00 

Electricity 1,800.00 

Telephones 400.00 

Miscellaneous 300.00 

Total Operation of Plant $18,650.00 

Maintenance of Plants 

Maintenance of Plants $2,500.00 

MAINTENANCE OF PLANTS $2,500.00 

Auxiliary Agencies 

Libraries $320.00 

Promotion of Health, School Physician 300.00 

School Nurse .... 1,750.00 

Health Supplies 100.00 

Printing and Advertising 50.00 

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Transportation 16,150.00 

Miscellaneous 300.00 

Total Auxiliary Agencies $18,970.00 

General Control 

Administrative Salaries $6,150.00 

Attendance Officer 50.00 

Conference Attendance by Superintend- 
ent 150.00 

Stationery - Postage 150.00 

School Committee 200.00 

Miscellaneous 700.00 

Total General Control $7,400.00 

CAPITAL OUTLAY $3,000.00 

CONTINGENCY FUND $400.00 

Summary 

Salaries $164,075.00 

Books and Supplies 8,775.00 

Operation of Plants 18,650.00 

Maintenance of Plants 2,500.00 

Auxiliary Agencies 18,970.00 

General Control 7,400.00 

Capital Outlay 3,000.00 

Contingency Fund 400.00 



$223,770.00 



Housing 

Two very important events occurred at the opening of 
school in September of 1957. One, the Acton-Boxborough 
Regional High School was ready for occupancy for grades 
seven through twelve. Two, the two-session day, which had 
been in existence for four years, had come to an end. Other 
important changes which took place with the opening of the 
new school were the following: The elimination of the 
three rented classrooms, the closing of two of the three 
village schools (the South School is still being used and 
houses grade five), and the consolidation of the elementary 
grades in the old high school. Presently the old high school 
accommodates two second grade classes, four third grade 

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classes, five fourth grades and one special class. The old 
shop area has been converted into two modem classrooms. 
The elementary school pupils also enjoy the library and 
Blanchard Hall for assemblies and special events. What was 
formerly the art room has been converted into a teachers' 
room for their special use. This building also has a health 
room and accommodations for the Director of Music. By 
special action of the Acton-Boxborough Regional District 
School Committee permission was granted to house the four 
sixth grades in the new Regional High School for the year 
1957 - 1958. 

On Sunday, November 17, 1957, over two thousand people 
visited the new Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. 
Refreshments were served by Mrs. Anne Rimbach and her 
high school cafeteria staff. 

In October of this year ground was broken for a new 
twenty-room elementary school to be located on Charter 
Road. This building should be ready for occupancy by Sep- 
tember, 1959. A permanent building committee comprised 
of James Kinsley, Chairman, Norman Mcintosh, Secretary, 
Kenneth Jewell, Edmond McNiff, and Lloyd Priest has been 
working closely with the Superintendent of Schools in the 
construction of this new elementary school. 

The Acton-Boxborough Regional District School Committee 
is made up of Mr. Thomas E. Wetherbee, Chairman, and 
Mrs. Elizabeth H. Boardman, representing the Town of 
Acton, and Dr. Joseph H. Hartshorn, representing the Town 
of Boxborough. 

The local School Committee, which is responsible for 
operating the Acton Public Schools, Grades 1 through 6, 
is comprised of the following: Mr. George E. Neagle, 
Chairman, Mr. Thomas E. Wetherbee, Secretary, Mr. Edmond 
J. McNiff, Mrs. Elizabeth H. Boardman, Mrs. Evelyn N. 
MacLean, and Mr. Lloyd W. Williamson. 

Both School Committees are members of the Massachusetts 
Association of School Committees and New England School 
Development Council. 

Following this report will be summaries of progress by 
Mr. Raymond J. Grey, Regional High School Principal, and 
Miss Ruth R. Proctor, Director of Guidance. 

Enrollment 

When the 1957 school census was completed by the Senior 
Class of the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, a 

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continued increase in enrollment was evident. The new 
census show^s that we will have the following numbers 
entering our first grades in the next six years: September, 
19,58 _- 143; 1959 — 160; 1960 — 162; 1961— 168; 1962 — 
165 ; 1963 — 180. It can be readily seen from these figures 
that the new twenty-room elementary school will be oper- 
ating at capacity shortly after it is opened. With the open- 
ing of school in September, 1957, the total school population 
was 1200. This was an increase of 114 children over the 
figures of the previous year. The breakdown was 735 in 
the Acton Public Schools, and 465 in Acton-Boxborough 
Regional High School. From the figures of the past five 
years we are averaging an increase of over 100 children 
per year, and this will continue to increase, as indicated by 
the pre-primary school census. 

Instruction 

A major change in the Acton Public Schools in 1957 was 
the appointment by the Acton School Committee of Mrs. 
Carolyn Douglas as a full-time elementary school principal. 
Previously the Acton elementary schools have had teaching 
principals, which made it extremely difficult for close super- 
vision. Formerly, Mrs. Douglas was a teaching principal at 
the West Acton Elementary School and she has been a 
member of the faculty of the Acton Public Schools for fifteen 
years. 

A revised elementary school curriculum, which is the 
result of the work of many Acton Elementary School teach- 
ers, has been in effect since the opening of school this year. 

Three new teachers in Grades 1, 2 and 4 were added to 
the staff because of increased enrollment. It will be neces- 
sary to add three more teachers in 1958 for Grades 1, 4 and 5. 

Three teachers resigned from the Acton Public Schools 
during 1957. They were: Mrs. June Mahoney, Grade Two; 
Mrs. Mary Crory and Mrs. Caroljni Bird, both of Grade 
Six. 

The following teachers of the Acton-Boxborough Regional 
High School resigned : Miss Mary Green, to accept a position 
in her home town of Arlington; Mrs. Christine Demetriou; 
^'Ir. Arthur Gulla, to go into private business; Mrs. Dorothy 
Ray, to accompany her husband to Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 
Mr. Irving Schwartz, to accept a teaching position in his 
home town of Chelsea; and Mr. John Dillon, to accept a 

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position in Harvard, Mass. Mr. James Dadoly, who was on 
military leave, rejoined the Acton-Boxborough Regional 
High School faculty at the beginning of the new school year. 

To attract and retain good teachers for our schools, the 
Acton School Committee and the Acton-Boxborough Regional 
District School Committee have approved the following salary 
schedule, which will go into effect in September, 1958. The 
starting salary with an A.B. or B.S. Degree will be $3,700.00 
— maximum, $5,700.00; with a Master's Degree the starting 
salary will be $4,000.00 — maximum, $6,000.00. Since the 
State minimum is now $3,300.00, and with bills in the State 
Legislature calling for a $4,000.00 State minimum, both 
committees felt it was necessary to set up this new salary 
schedule. The competition for conscientious teachers with 
the surrounding towns is increasing each year, and salaries 
are one of the most important selling points. 

The teachers listed below have taken courses in their 
own subject fields during the year 1957: Miss Maurine 
Berry, Mrs. Alice O'Hearn, Mrs. Margaret H. Barrett, Mr. 
Salvatore Lipomi, Miss Dorothy McNamara, Mrs. Joanne 
Dagdigian, Miss Jane Flynn, Miss Florence Merriam, Mrs. 
Helen Detsch, Miss Joan Capitell, Miss Isadore Steams, Mr. 
Ernest Mandeville, Mr. Anthony Pappas, Mr. Robert Sullivan, 
Mrs. Mora Rawlings, Mr. James Dadoly and Miss Helen 
Davis. 

New Faculty Members 

Mrs. Gail Brusch Grade I 

Mrs. Naomi Davies Grade H 

Mrs. Rae Janson Grade H 

Mrs. Jo-Anne Stuart Grade IV 

Mrs. Carol Fowler Grace IV 

Miss Jane Flynn Grade V 

Miss Nancy Joslin Grade V 

Miss Mary Brosnan Grade VI 

Mrs. Mary Randig Remedial Reading 

Miss Mary Boyle Junior High Home Economics 

Miss Rosalie Catanzano Junior High Science and Mathematics 

Miss Barbara Clemence School Nurse 

Miss Helen Davis High School Librarian 

Mrs. Esther Folts High School English and Social Studies 

Mr. John Nionakis High School Languages 

Mrs. Louise Olaska Music 

Miss Marie Yates High School English 

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Arthur D. Little Plan 

This plan was continued for the second year with the 
same two instructors, namely, Jon Thunberg- and Charles 
Battit. Both of these men are in the field of Chemistry 
and are employed both by the Arthur D. Little Corporation 
and the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District. The 
plan originated in 1956 by Arthur D. Little to attract college 
graduates into the field of teaching high school science. 
Originally this was a three year plan, but in recent weeks 
Dr. Fisher of Arthur D. Little has indicated that they may 
be interested in increasing it beyond three years. In Sep- 
tember, Mr. Thunberg teaches science in the Acton-Box- 
borough Regional High School, while Mr. Battit is employed 
by Arthur D. Little. At the mid-year (February 1) these 
two men exchange positions — Mr. Battit coming to the high 
school and Mr. Thunberg retuiTiing to Arthur D. Little. 
During the summer they have the choice of attending sum- 
mer school at a college or being employed by the Arthur 
D. Little Company. 

Scholarships 

The following scholarships are awarded at graduation 
exercises in June: 

Acton Center Woman's Club $100.00 

Acton Firemen's Association 1,000.00 

The Acton Lions Club 100.00 

Acton Parent-Teachers' Association 200.00 

The Julia L. McCarthy (Acton Teachers* 

Association) 200.00 

Rotary Club of Maynard 100.00 

Technology Instrument Corporation 1,000.00 

West Acton Woman's Club 150.00 

Plant Operation and Maintenance 

There were three major improvements in the Acton Ele- 
mentary School (the old high school). One, the renovation 
of the shop area into two modem classrooms; two, the 
replacement of shades in all classrooms and in Blanchard 
Hall; and three, marked improvement in the ventilation sys- 
tem. Now that the school is on a one session day for the 
first time in four years, working conditions for Mr. Leveroni 
and Mr. Garthe, the school custodians, have improved. Mr. 
Kenneth Harvey, custodian of the South School, has con- 
tinued his high standards of workmanship at that school. 

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This year Blanchard Auditorium was accepted by the 
Acton School Committee. By such action the two Acton 
members of the Acton-Boxborough Regional District School 
Committee have assumed the supervision of this building, 
according to the terms of the agreement of the Regional 
School District. The major improvements in the Blanchard 
Auditorium were: (1) replacement of the base floor and 
the hardwood floor; (2) improvement in the ventilation of 
the auditorium; (3) landscaping. The building has been 
used by the following organizations during the year: The 
American Legion, The Lions Club, The Firemen's Associa- 
tion, The Cub Scouts, The Girl Scouts, Acton Community 
Center, The Acton Alumni, West Acton Woman's Club, and 
for some school events. The care and upkeep of this build- 
ing, along with the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, 
has been under the able supervision of Head Custodian 
Emery Nelson. Much credit also should be given to the 
other custodians, namely, Mr. Timothy Hennessey, Mr. 
Robert Dunne, and Mr. Arnold Leavltt. 

Auxiliary Agencies 

Transportation again was the largest item in this phase 
of the budget, for more than 1,000 pupils were transported 
daily. Expenses for school health were increased last year 
due to the hiring of a full-time nurse. Miss Barbara Clemence 
was appointed to this position and started work in Septem- 
ber, 1957. At this time I should like to thank Mrs. Eillen 
Hale and Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor for their cooperation with 
the school department; each served in the dual capacity of 
School Nurse and Board of Health Nurse. 

Cafeteria 

Better cafeteria facilities were made available to all the 
pupils with the opening of the new Regional High School. 
The high school cafeteria, together with the Julia L. 
McCarthy School cafeteria, makes possible the participation 
of all the pupils in the hot lunch program. Presently over 
one thousand hot lunches are being served daily. Mrs. Anne 
Rimbach is Director of the Cafeterias. The following people 
are members of the cafeteria staffs: Julia L. McCarthy 
School — Mrs. Martha Lowden, Mrs. Ruth Phelps, Mrs. Helen 
Worrall, Mrs. Anne Arciszewski, Mrs. Dorothy Davis and 
Mrs. Anne Foley. Acton-Boxborough Regional High School 
— Mrs. Bertha Tucker, Mrs. Meimi Fullonton, Mrs. Merle 

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Hayward, Mrs. Olga Andersen, Mrs. Blanche Beaudoin, Mrs. 
Madelene Clapp and Mrs. Lucille Cunningham. 

Reading Program 

The reading program in the Acton Public Schools was 
under the supervision of Mrs. Elizabeth Keeton from January- 
through June and Mrs. Mary B. Randig starting in September 
1957. There has been a marked improvement in this pro- 
gram as fewer children are being recommended for enroll- 
ment. Mrs. Raymond Hatch is again the reading improve- 
ment instructor in the high school. 

Michael J. Foley 

In January, 1957, the School Department lost a very loyal 
friend with the death of Police Chief Michael J. Foley. Chief 
Foley will be greatly missed; he was extremely interested in 
athletic events and other school functions. He stressed safety 
to the pupils in the school system, and stood for upright 
conduct at all times. 

Julia L. McCarthy 

Julia L. McCarthy, a life-long resident of the Town of 
Acton and a teacher in the Acton School System for forty- 
nine years, died in April, 1957. Miss McCarthy was former 
Principal of the primary school which now bears her name. 
She was appointed as a teacher in 1905 and retired in June, 
1954. After her retirement she contributed a scholarship 
intended for a senior girl who planned to study in the field 
of Elementary Education. 

Aubrey Kretschmar 

The people of Acton were saddened by the death of Aubrey 
Kretschmar in May, 1957. Mr. Kretschmar served as a 
member of the Building Committee of the Acton-Boxborough 
Regional High School. Although he was active in other 
committees, he gave freely of his time in the initial planning 
stages of the new high school. 

Mrs. Hazel Blanchard 

The school family w^as saddened by the death of Mrs. 
Hazel Blanchard in February of 1957. She and her late 
husband were very close to the Acton schools, and the 
Blanchard Auditorium and Blanchard Hall were given by 
the Blanchard family to the Town. Another outstanding 

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memorial is the very fine Blanchard Scholarship which is 
awarded at graduation each year to a member of the senior 
class who is a resident of Boxborough and who must have 
been a student in grade six at Blanchard Memorial School. 

In conclusion I should like to sincerely thank the staffs 
of the schools for their loyalty and support, the parents and 
citizens of the Town for their understanding and encourage- 
ment, and the school committees for their support, inspira- 
tion and sound advice during the school year. The committees 
have met on numerous occasions above the regular schedule 
to discuss and solve many problems concerning the construc- 
tion of the new high school, breaking of ground for the 
elementary school, transportation, preparations for increased 
student enrollment, budgetary needs and improvement in the 
teaching staff. It has been my pleasure to work with the 
men and women of these two school committees who have 
given so freely of their time and effort so that the education 
for Acton children might continue to improve. I also thank 
the many Town boards and committees which have been so 
helpful to me. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM L. O'CONNELL, 

Superintendent of Schools. 



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REPORT OF THE 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL DISTRICT 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE REPORT FOR 1957 

Regional School Committee 

Thomas E. Wetherbee, Chairman Acton 

Mrs. Ehzabeth H. Boardman Acton 

Joseph H. Hartshorn Boxborough 

Mrs. Priscilla Felt, Secretary-Treasurer 

Regular meetings of the School Committee are held every 
Thursday at the Regional High School at 7:30 P.M. 

Superintendent of Schools William L. O'Connell 

Principal Raymond J. Grey 

Director of Guidance Miss Ruth R. Proctor 

The School Committee and its administrative staff were 
occupied in the early months of 1957 with the selection 
of furnishings and equipment for the new building. At this 
time it was evident that building and facilities would be a 
reality by September. Mr. Raymond J. Grey, Principal, and 
Miss Ruth R. Proctor, Director of Guidance, were diligently 
drafting the new Program of Studies for use in the fall. 

The highlight of the year for all concerned undoubtedly 
took place on the first day of school in September when the 
new building was officially opened for use. This culmination 
of some three years of planning and hard work was ample 
reward for the personal sacrifices of time and energy over 
this long period. Since September all facilities have been 
installed and the school is operating normally. 

Credit for the interesting and lively color arrangements 
in the new school goes to Miss Carol Spaulding, Supervisor 
of Art, who modified and improved the original color sched- 
ule submitted by the architect. 

The cafeteria personnel are to be congratulated for the 
efficient operation of the school lunch program. Personal 
inspection by members of the School Committee revealed 
that our students are receiving nutritious, well-prepared 
meals. 

As one moves through this new building it is very evident 
that our custodians are doing a magnificent job. 

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The splendid cooperation shown by all departments indi- 
cates that our Principal Mr. Raymond J. Grey, and our 
Superintendent, Mr. Wilham L. O'Connell, are administering 
the school in the best interests of the pupils and townspeople 
of the member towns. 

The Regional School Committee wishes to thank the edu- 
cational staff and all persons in the member towns who have 
contributed to this most rewarding year. 

Acton-Boxborough Regional 
District School Committee 

THOMAS E. WETHERBEE, Chairman, 
MRS, ELIZABETH H. BOARDMAN, 
JOSEPH H. HARTSHORN, 



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ACTON-BOXBOROUGH 
REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

Treasurer's Report 
December 31, 1957 

Balance, December 31, 1956 $687,598.37 

Receipts, 1957: 

Town of Acton $212,349.11 

Town of Boxborough 27,632.94 

State Aid for Construction 48,509.35 

Federal Aid 2,592.00 

Transportation Reimbursement 12,123.76 

Interest Earned 1,660.00 

School Lunch 11,397.43 

School Athletics 903.81 

Tuition 395.10 

Refunds 466.85 

Miscellaneous 82.22 

Total Receipts $318,112.57 



Total $1,005,710.94 

Disbursements, 1957: 
Maintenance and Operation: 

General Control $7,377.62 

Expenses of Instruction 142,792.26 

Operation of Plant 15,827.17 

Maintenance of Plant 173.65 

Auxiliary Agencies 1,485.92 

Outlay 190.50 

Cost of Transportation 20,085.64 

Miscellaneous 63.56 

School Lunch 11,106.32 

School Athletics 1,684.18 

School Construction 534,656.68 

Payment on Principal 80,000.00 

Interest on Bonds 43,545.00 

Cost of Bond Issue 978.42 

Furnishings and Equipment — 

Miscellaneous 6,591.33 

Total Disbusements, 1957 $866,558.25 

Balance, December 31, 1957 $139,152.69 

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ACTON-BOXBOROUGH 
REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

Proposed Budget for 1958 
January 1 - December 31, 1958 



General Control 

School Committee Expenses .. 

Administrative Salaries 

Supervisor of Attendance 

Stationery and Postage 


$110.00 

6,650.00 

50.00 

200.00 


Conference Attendance by 

Superintendent 

School Census 

Magazines, Books, Dues 

Bonding Treasurer 


150.00 

200.00 

50.00 

250.00 


State Audit 

Miscellaneous 


130.00 
500.00 



TOTAL GENERAL CONTROL $8,290.00 

Expenses of Instruction 

Faculty $158,700.00 

Substitutes 2,500.00 

Miscellaneous 600.00 



TOTAL SALARIES $161,800.00 

Textbooks 

English $656.00 

Mathematics 187.00 

Science 330.00 

Social Studies 454.00 

Languages 97.00 

Business 134.00 

Remedial Reading 50.00 

Orientation 146.00 

Guidance 100.00 

Music 150.00 

Art 50.00 

Industrial Arts 50.00 

Home Economics 75.00 

Miscellaneous 500.00 

TOTAL TEXTBOOKS $2,979.00 

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Instructional Supplies (Specific) 

English $50.00 

Science 200.00 

Remedial Reading .... 50.00 

Guidance 463.00 

Music 150.00 

Art 750.00 

Industrial Arts 300.00 

Home Economics .... 500.00 

Physical Education .. 200.00 

Audio- Visual Aids .. 100.00 



Total Supplies (Spe- 
cific) $2,763.00 

Instructional Sup- 
plies (General) 1,800.00 



TOTAL EXPENSES OF 

INSTRUCTION $169,342.00 

Operation of Plant 

Custodians $11,700.00 

Fuel 5,000.00 

Light 6,000.00 

Gas 720.00 

Telephone 1,080.00 

Plowing 100.00 

Supplies 2,500.00 

Water 400.00 

Insurance 2,500.00 

Miscellaneous 1,000.00 

TOTAL OPERATION OF 

PLANT $31,000.00 

Maintenance of Plant 

Typewriter Repairs $400.00 

Miscellaneous 1,500.00 

TOTAL MAINTENANCE 

OF PLANT $1,900.00 

Auxiliary Agencies 

Transportation (Field Trips) $500.00 

School Physician 300.00 

School Nurse 1,750.00 

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Health Supplies 100.00 

Library 1,250.00 

Insurance (School Car) 90.00 

Graduation 200.00 

Printing and Advertising 50.00 

Miscellaneous 500.00 

TOTAL AUXILIARY 
AGENCIES $4,740.00 

Outlay $500.00 

Cost of Transportation $20,250.00 

Miscellaneous $200.00 

Recapitulation 

General Control $8,290.00 

Expenses of Instruction 169,342.00 

Operation of Plant 31,000.00 

Maintenance of Plant 1,900.00 

Auxiliary Agencies 4,740.00 

Outlay 500.00 

Cost of Transportation 20,250.00 

Miscellaneous 200.00 

Total $236,222.00 

Capital Cost, Debt Service 121,280.00 

$357,502.00 

Non-Classified 

Adult Education $1,200.00 

School Athletic Fund 1,800.00 

GRAND TOTAL $360,502.00 

Gross Operating Budget $236,222.00 

Less (1) Bal. of 1957 Op. 

Budget $7,048.85 

(2) 1956-57 Transpor- 
tation Reimburse- 
ment 12,123.76 19,172.61 

$217,049.39 

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Debt Service 

Interest on Bonds $41,280.00 

Principal $80,000.00 

Less (1) Transfers $22,871.20 

(2) State Aid 48,000.00 -70,871.20 

$9,128.80 

Non- Classified 

Adult Education $1,200.00 

School Athletic Fund 1,800.00 

TOTAL $270,458.19 



APPORTIONMENT OF THE CHARGES TO BE ASSESSED 
AGAINST THE TOWNS OF ACTON AND BOXBOROUGH 

Acton 

^Operating Expenses, 88% 

of $209,923.15** $184,732.37 

Cost of Transportation .... $14,250.00 

Less Reimbursement 7,530.00 6,720.00 

Debt Service, 95% of 

$50,408.80 47,888.36 

Non-Classified, 88% of 

$3,000.00 2,640.00 

$241,980.73 

Boxborough 

'''Operating Expenses, 12% 

of $209,923.15** $25,190.78 

Cost of Transportation .... $5,000.00 

Less Reimbursement 4,593.76 406.24 

Debt Service, 5% of 

$50,408.80 2,520.44 

Non-Classified, 12% of 

$3,000.00 360.00 

$28,477.46 



$270,458.19 
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Acton Student Enrollment 10/1/1957 411 
Boxborough Student Enrollment 10/1/57 56 

467 

'- Gkoss Operating Budget less 

$7,048.85 $229,173.15 

Less: Combined Acton and Boxbor- 
ough Cost of Transportation 
(Contract amts.) -19,250.00 



$209,923.15 



REPORT OF 
THE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL 

School started on September 4, 1957 and this day had a 
special significance for two reasons, namely, (1) All students 
reported to a beautiful new school; (2) The days of the 
two-platoon system were over. 

The return to a normal school day was appreciated by 
all concerned and the transition was not difficult because 
the faculty and administrators had been planning the numer- 
ous changes for the past two years. 

The student enrollment of the Regional High School in 
September showed an increase of 47 over the population of 
September, 1956. In fact, in two years there has been an 
increase of 88 students. The enrollment by grades is now 
as follows: 

Grade 7 92 

Grade 8 100 

Grade 9 99 

Grade 10 76 

Grade 11 53 

Grade 12 52 

Total 472 

We are most pleased with the new facilities which permit 
us to offer a well balanced curriculum. It is gratifying to 

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watch junior high girls sewing in a room which is spacious 
and well equipped and to see girls of grades 9-12 cooking in 
the modern foods area. The Home Economics Department 
has been well received by the students and we anticipate a 
growth in demand for courses in this field. 

In the Industrial Arts wing the skills taught wilf help 
many boys to earn a livelihood in the future. The large 
area has lathes, drill presses, sheet metal machinery, forges, 
milling machines and welding equipment. The projects made 
by boys range from lawn chairs, desks, wastepaper baskets 
to wrought iron ornaments. 

The school library has become a focal point in the school 
picture. The circulation figures are convincing proof of the 
fact that our high school students enjoy reading good books 
and that, in carrying out research assignments, they are 
taking advantage of the new reference materials. 

Another facility which we are using to meet the needs of 
students is the auditorium. The senior play was most suc- 
cessful financially and it provided dramatic experiences for 
the participants. It was pleasant, too, just before Christmas 
to sit in comfort and enjoy a music-department assembly in 
v/hich more than a hundred youngsters participated. We 
intend to provide in the future a variety of cultural and 
intellectual experiences for the students by a well organized 
assembly program. 

Five new courses were added this year to our curriculum. 
They are Psychology, Speech, Health, Mechanical Drawing, 
and Secretarial Practice. 

In September a Program of Studies was distributed to all 
students. This booklet was prepared to help the student in 
understanding the academic offerings, the activities, and the 
special services available at the high school. It is hoped 
that parents and students will use this Program of Studies 
to provide a basis upon which a wise selection of subjects 
may be made. 

The Students* Handbook and Teachers' Guide were revised 
last summer due to the fact that the move to a new school 
building necessitated some changes in rules and regulations. 

Five times per year News Letters are sent home with the 
report cards. In the News Letters we attempt to bring 
to the parents items which will be of general interest and 
which will answer important questions. 

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Our immediate objectives are two-fold and may be de- 
scribed as follows: 

1. We are examining our science and mathematics courses. 
A committee of teachers will survey what other schools are 
doing in these fields and submit recommendations to the 
administration. In order to spur more interest in science 
we shall conduct a science fair in February. Students will 
exhibit science projects which they have constructed and the 
projects will be judged by teachers and scientists who are 
not connected with our school. These student projects may 
be in the fields of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics 
and general science. Our three top contestants will enter 
their projects in the Science Fair sponsored by the Lowell 
Technological Institute. 

2. For membership, or for continued membership, in the 
New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, 
which is the accrediting agency for New England, all schools 
must undergo periodic evaluations. 

The first step in the self-evaluation of Acton-Boxborough 
Regional High School is to formulate a statement of the 
school's philosophy, based upon the community and the needs 
of youth. This is important because the school will be 
evaluated not by comparing it with other schools but in 
the light of its own understanding of its purposes. 

The second step is the actual self-evaluation by the faculty. 
This generally takes from three to six months because each 
department in the high school is scrutinized by the staff 
to determine its strength and weaknesses. The guide used 
by the faculty is the ''Evaluative Criteria." This book is 
published by the Cooperative Study of Secondary School 
Standards. The school personnel should find this study of 
their o^^^l school a rewarding experience. 

The third step is to ask for a visiting committee of 
teachers and administrators to consider the evaluation made 
by the school staff, and to make its recommendations. The 
New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools 
sends this visiting committee to spend three or four days 
in the school. 

It is sincerely hoped that this study will make a vital 
contribution to the improvement of education at the Acton- 
Boxborough Regional High School and that it will be a 
most stimulating experience. 

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It has been a source of great encouragement to have the 
citizens show such active and tangible interest in the Acton- 
Boxborough Regional High School. I should like to extend 
my sincere appreciation to the School Committee and Mr. 
William O'Connell. I am also grateful to the faculty for 
their cooperation and to the student body for their under- 
standing. 

Respectfully submitted, 

RAYMOND J. GREY 



REPORT OF 
THE DIRECTOR OF GUIDANCE 

Guidance services for the Acton schools were initiated 
in September, 1952, following the appointment of a part-time 
Director of Guidance. At that time the school population 
totaled approximately 700. The five years since 1952 have 
witnessed rapid growth in student body and faculty and 
changes in almost every aspect of school organization and 
functioning; and the guidance department has shared in the 
experience of growth and change. The Director of Guid- 
ance, working on an eleven-month schedule, has been relieved 
of teaching duties so that full time may be devoted to 
activities concerned with the adjustment and progress of 
individual students and to related research contributing to 
the continuous evaluation of the curriculum being carried 
on by other administrators and staff members. For the past 
two years Miss Joan Capitell has been a valuable co-worker, 
assuming the responsibility as teacher-counselor for group 
guidance and counseling of students in grades 7 and 8. 

September, 1957, with the opening of the new regional 
high school and the partial consolidation of the elementary 
grades, marked for the entire school system the beginning 
of at least a short period of relative stability and adequate 
space in which to operate. The student body numbered about 
1200. For the guidance department ideal facihties now pro- 
vide the privacy desirable for individual conferences, a loca- 
tion for student records easily accessible to all members of 
the high school staff, a cubicle for individual testing, and a 
spacious library designed to attract students to the use of 
educational and occupational information. 
The sei^ices of the local guidance program, categorized 

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under five headings, were described briefly in the 1953 re- 
port. Perhaps it is permissible at this time to parallel that 
report and to review the developments of the interim. 

Individual Inventory. A cumulative record is maintained 
for every student. It begins in grade 1, continues in an 
active status through gi'ade 12, and is frequently taken from 
storage thereafter to provide information requested by em- 
ployers or authorities of other schools. In grades 1-6 
teachers enter all data on the record cards and refer to them 
when necessary in the offices of the Principals. The cards 
of entering seventh graders are transferred to the high 
school where they become part of a larger folder and guid- 
ance counselors accept the responsibility for keeping them 
up to date. High school faculty members, the school nurse, 
parents, and the students themselves are the contributors 
of information. 

The results of testing form one major area of the individ- 
ual inventory as well as providing gi'oup pictures and class 
analyses of value to teachers and administrators. During 
the past year the local testing program has been expanded. 
Intelligence and readiness tests are given to all first graders; 
students in grades 2 through 12 take achievement tests each 
fall; intelligence is measured at the third, fifth, seventh, 
and tenth grade levels, and interest inventories are given to 
eighth and eleventh grade pupils. For purposes of grouping 
and evaluation of progress it is planned this spring to re-test 
achievement in grades 5 and 6. In special cases the Director 
of Guidance administers individual tests, including the 
Stanford-Binet test of intelligence. The Principal of the 
Blanchard Memorial School has been cooperative in coor- 
dinating his testing program with that of the Acton elemen- 
tary grades and in conferring periodically with the Director 
of Guidance so that entering seventh gi'aders from Box- 
borough may be more easily compared with those of Acton. 

Educational and Occupational Information. Guidance per- 
sonnel and other school people must aim not only to aid 
students in understanding themselves but also to acquaint 
them with information about opportunities and demands in 
advanced schools and in the working world. The guidance 
library has already been mentioned; it has filled a serious 
need for a place where students may find attractively dis- 
played for their use such materials as reference books about 
colleges and specialized schools and scholarship and loan 
opportunities, school and college catalogues, booklets about 

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personal and social adjustment and study habits, and pam- 
phlets about occupations and job fields. 

Occupational information is disseminated directly in spe- 
cial units of the civics and problems of democracy classes 
on the high school level and in orientation in grade 7. The 
grade 8 occupations course, yielding to the need for more 
counseling time, was omitted from the program this year. 
It is hoped that in the future it may be placed at a higher 
grade level where the detailed content will be most meaning- 
ful. Other methods which have been utilized to provide 
information are the following: programs led by armed 
services representatives, conferences about careers, visits by 
school and college admissions officers, evening programs for 
parents, and the school News Letter. 

Counseling. Individual conferences are the core of every 
guidance program. In grades 1-6 these have been handled 
generally by teachers and principals. The Director of Guid- 
ance is available to discuss with these persons the back- 
ground of individual cases and to cooperate in seeking the 
answers to problems. In grades 7-12 the two members 
of the guidance department interviewed all students at least 
once last year and held several conferences with some 
individuals. Frequently the students initiated the interviews. 
It is pleasing to note, too, that many parents have wanted 
to discuss matters with the guidance counselors. 

Placement. Since placement was the subject of the 1956 
report, it may suffice here to say that although there is an 
increasing pressure to direct attention to college preparatory 
students and their placement, an effort is made to work 
also with non-college students and to place them in jobs after 
graduation. The current employment picture is such that 
there are usually more job openings than the school can fill 
with its graduates, particularly those with secretarial train- 
ing. 

Follow-Up. In 1953 and 1954 a questionnaire survey was 
made of Acton High School graduates of the classes 1948- 
1953 inclusive. Its purpose was threefold, namely, (1) to 
acquire local occupational information, (2) to determine the 
need for full-time guidance services, and (3) to utilize one 
source of evaluation of the high school curriculum. The 
results of the survey were compiled in formal study and 
have been influential in school and curriculum planning. For 
example, the expressed need for more varied offerings for 
the non-college student was at least partially responsible 

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for expanded shop and home economics facilities in the 
new school. Among the suggested additions to the cum- 
culum were: typewriting for college preparatory students, 
a secretarial practice course, speech classes, introductory psy- 
chology, mechanical drawing, and Latin. These have now 
become reality in the high school program. 

To the responses of members of the classes 1948 - 1953 
have now been added those of students who graduated in 
1954, 1955, and 1956. Space does not permit the inclusion 
here of the detailed results, but charts are available showing 
the status of our graduates, their locations, schools and col- 
leges attended, and entry occupations. Questionnaires v/ill 
soon be sent to 1957 graduates, because follow-up and evalua- 
tion must be continuing processes. 

This fifth annual report may conclude on much the same 
theme as that of 1953. Guidance is the obligation of every 
educator and of all parents. Organized guidance services are 
the responsibility of certain school personnel. Cooperation 
of all concerned should result in happier, more successful 
young citizens. Appreciation is here expressed for the 
interest which the School Committees, the Superintendent 
of Schools, the Principals and staff members of the several 
schools, and many parents have shown in the endeavors of 
the local guidance department. 

Respectfully submitted, 

RUTH R. PROCTOR 



REPORT OF SCHOOL PHYSICIAN 

I herewith submit my annual report as school physician 
for the Town of Acton. 

The annual physical examinations were completed in 
October. Special examinations were held early in the school 
year for those participating in athletics. Parents were in- 
formed of medical, orthopedic, and dental problems and 
remedial measures suggested. 

In conjunction with the Board of Health, Schick Tests and 
immunization with Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoid were 
given to the children in the lower grades as requested by 
parents. All third or booster injections of Salk poliomyelitis 

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vaccine were completed in the Fall. Two injections of Type 
A influenza virus vaccine (Asian type) were given to all 
school personnel. 

I wish to thank the townspeople, teachers and school and 
Town nurses for their cooperation and assistance. 

Respectfully submitted, 

PAUL P. GATES, M.D. 



REPORT OF THE SCHOOL NURSE 
January 1, 1957 to September, 1957 

Eye and ear examinations were completed in all grades. 
All corrections have not been completed as yet. 

Dental clinics were held at Dr. Albright's office each 
month except for the month of August. The average number 
of children seen at a clinic was ten per morning. 

Pre-school clinics were held at the Julia L. McCarthy Pri- 
mary School in May. Ninety-one (91) children were regis- 
tered by the school personnel and the physical examinations 
of the children were done by the school physician, Dr. Paul 
P. Gates. 

A diphtheria clinic was held in May with one hundred 
seventy-six (176) children in the first, third and fifth grades 
receiving the Schick test. Twelve (12) children needed 
complete immunization, and six (6) received booster inocula- 
tions. 

During March, April, May and September, 1957, all the chil- 
dren, teachers and school personnel received their three Salk 
Polio vaccine inoculations. One thousand five hundred and 
sixty-four (1564) injections were given in five clinics. 

Daily visits were made to the schools in checking for com- 
municable diseases, sickness and accidents. 

I wish to thank Mr. O'Connell, Mr. Grey, and all the 
teachers and school personnel who have helped me in various 
tasks in my duties at the school. I am very grateful, but 
more grateful that a full-time nurse was appointed to the 
faculty in September to carry on the many varied duties 
and follow-up calls that are necessary in a well organized 

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health program. Miss Clemence will take good care of your 
children. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EILEEN F. HALE, R.N. 



REPORT OF THE SCHOOL NURSE 

September 1, 1957 to December 31, 1957 

My report is for the latter half of the 1957 school year 
as I assumed the duties of the school nursing program in 
September. 

Physical examinations of the children in the first, fourth, 
and fifth grades of the elementary schools were completed 
in October, 1957. Students entering competitive sports in 
the junior and senior high school, plus grades seven, eleven, 
and twelve were also examined by the school physician. A 
total of 547 students received physical examinations and slips 
have been sent to the parents regarding physical, dental, or 
orthopedic defects found. It is hoped that correction or 
treatment of such defects will be cared for. 

A dental clinic with Mrs. Ingraham, dental hygienist of 
the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, was held 
for grade three in November. 101 children received dental 
examinations and slips were sent to parents whose child 
was in need of dental attention. The response to this clinic 
was favorable and most of the children are recei\dng the 
dental care needed. 

In September the Lions Club presented the Acton schools 
with a new Massachusetts Vision Testing equipment. We 
appreciate this gift and interest shown us by the Lions 
and the equipment will be used in the eye testing program 
to be started in January, 1958. 

Chest X-rays were arranged for the new members of the 
cafeteria staff as well as cafeteria staff members who have 
not been X-rayed in the last three yars. 

Daily visits are made to the Regional High School, Julia 
McCarthy and Elementary Schools; the South School is 
visited twice a week and more often as necessary. To date 
an average of 15 children are seen for first aid, illness and 

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referrals to their own doctors. Arrangements for all sick 
children to go home are made with the parents, and we 
urge the parents to tell the children if they are going to be 
away during school hours and where the school can reach 
them in case of accident or illness. No child is taken to a 
doctor without the parents' permission except in extreme 
emergencies. Medication is not given to children while in 
school; and students should not bring medication to school 
except as ordered by a physician, and arrangements made 
with the school nurse regarding such medications. 

The teaching of health in grade eight has been one of 
my duties. The course is based upon health needs and 
interests for this grade level as determined by health inven- 
tories and tests given in September. 

In the future more stress needs to be made on accident 
prevention. The majority of illnesses and physical defects 
are adequately cared for by the school and parents but the 
area of accident prevention needs our attention. Happier 
school living will be enjoyed if children, school personnel, and 
parents encourage children to be more safety conscious en 
route to and from school, and in the class room, on the 
playground, and in athletics. 

I wish to thank Mr. O'Connell, the school principals, Dr. 
Gates, Mrs. Hale, R.N., the teachers, Mrs. Felt, Miss 
Erkkinen, Mrs. Von Idersteain, and the parents for their 
cooperation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

BARBARA A. CLEMENCE, R.N. 



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GRADUATION EXERCISES 
JUNE 14, 1957 

Salutatorian Ronald E. Noftle 

Valedictorian Russell A. Nylander 

Scholarship Awards: 
West Acton Woman's Club 

Edith Anderson Cornell University 

Acton Center Woman's Club 

Charles Bartlett University of New Hampshire 

Acton Parent Teachers Association 

Edwin Anderson Cornell University 

Maynard Rotary Club 

Madeline Koh Jackson College 

Acton Firemen's Association 

Madeline Koh Jackson College 

Allen Christofferson Clark University 

Acton High School Scholarship Fund 

Ronald Noftle University of New Hampshire 

Russell Nylander University of New Hampshire 

Acton Lions Club 

Edwin Anderson Cornell University 

Acton Teachers' Association 

Madeline Koh Jackson College 

Other Awards: 

Bausch and Lomb Medal 

Russell Nylander 
Rensselaer Medal 

Russell Nylander 

Daughters of American Revolution Award 
Madeline Koh 

Outstanding Senior 

Madeline Koh 
American Legion Medals for Scholarship, Loyalty 
and Achievement 

Allen Christofferson 

Sonja Nelson 
Harvard Club of Concord Book Prize 

David Roth 
University of Massachusetts Mathematics Award 

Edwin Anderson 

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National Honor Society Members: 

Seniors : Edwin J. Anderson, Madeline Koh, 

Ronald E. Noftle, Russell A. Nylander 

Juniors : Bonnie V. Banks, Roberta Davis, 

Donna Hollowell, Caroline V. Kangas, 

Ralph Parsons, Gregor Prentice, 

David Roth, Jeanne Steele, Joanne Steele 



CLASS OF 1957 



Edwin Joseph Anderson 

Jackson Robert Baker 

Janet E. Barker 

Charles Merritt Bartlett 

John J. Brown 

Allen Martin Christofferson, Jr. 

Linda Ann Christofferson 

John F. Culkins 

Paul Deane 

Karen Elizabeth Erkkinen 

Marcia Furbush 

Gerald A. Gaebel 

Linda Darryl Gothorpe 

Ann Elizabeth Landry 

Charles Anthony Lukas, Jr. 

Donald Earl MacLeod 

Marilyn Manosh 

Corinne Mae Massie 

Martha McLaren 

Valerie Elizabeth Medlar 



Louise F. Murray 
Faith Adelaide Nelson 
Sonja Marie Nelson 
Ronald E. Noftle 
Russell Alan Nylander 
John Stephen O'Neil 
Joan Nelson Grantmjnre 
Richard N. Howe 
Waino J. Kangas, Jr. 
James A. Kazokas 
Ernst A. Knippel, Jr. 
Madeline Koh 
James W. Laffin 
Patricia Perkins 
Georgina R. Phelps 
Davis Owen Ringland 
David Spinney 
Jane Marlene Stevens 
Jane Elizabeth Way 
Douglas W. Whitcomb 



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218 



PROGRESS REPORT 
OF THE PERSONNEL BOARD 

January 15, 1958 

The Board is making a limited number of recommendations 
for consideration by the Town at the Annual Town Meeting 
in March 1958. A full salary classification plan and a set 
of associated policies will be presented to the Town in 1959. 

The recommendations herein are based upon data concern- 
ing rates of pay, hours of work, and general personnel 
practices from two sources: (1) the various departments of 
the Town of Acton, and (2) other Massachusetts towns from 
which such data are available. It is necessary, to insure 
fairness, that similar kinds of work in different Acton Town 
Departments receive comparable wages and benefits. It is 
further necessary, both in the interest of fairness and to 
enable the recruitment of competent people, that rates of 
pay, hours of work and other benefits for employees of the 
Town of Acton be similar to those in comparable towns. 

The Board has found wide variations in pay and in other 
benefits within the departments of the Town of Acton. In 
addition it has found that Acton Town employees in certain 
departments are markedly below comparable employees in 
other Massachusetts towns with respect to pay, hours of 
work and other benefits. 

The recommendations below are designed to remedy the 
most serious of these inequities. Other inequities, obvious 
but less extreme, have been permitted to remain pending 
the full report of the Board a year hence. 

As an example of the method used by the Board, and as 
evidence of the inequitable existing situation with respect 
to one To^vn department, consider Table I below: 

TABLE I 

Police Department Patrolman 
Hourly Wage Rates 1957 









Hours 


Town 


Range 


Midpoint 


per 
Week 


Dedham 

Framingham 

Maynard 


?1.97-?2.22 
2.00- 2.15 
2.00 


$2,095 
2.075 
2.00 


40 
40 
40 



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Wellesley 


1.78- 


2.21 


1.995 


40 


Hull 


1.90- 


2.15 


1.975 


40 


Weston 


1.85- 


2.10 


1.975 


40 


Needham 


1.78- 


2.16 


1.97 


40 


Westwood 


1.77- 


2.16 


1.965 


40 


Natick 


1.87- 


2.03 


1.95 


40 


Bedford 


1.79- 


2.09 


1.94 


40 


Concord 


1.80- 


2.03 


1.915 


40 


Proposed Acton 


1.80- 


2.00 


1.90 


40 


Hingham 


1.72- 


2.03 


1.875 


40 


Marblehead 


1.70- 


2.04 


1.87 


40 


Shrewsbury 


1.70- 


2.03 


1.865 


40 


Braintree 


1.67- 


2.00 


1.835 


40 


Athol 


1.67- 


1.97 


1.82 


40 


Amherst 


1.64- 


1.97 


1.805 


40 


Present Acton 


1.60- 


1.70 


1.65 


48 


Barnstable 


1.55- 


1.64 


1.595 


48 



A number of towns represented in Table I are considerably 
larger than Acton. However, the duties and hazards of the 
job and the qualifications required for a poHce department 
patrolman are essentially the same regardless of the size 
of the town. Therefore the comparisons are reasonable in 
this instance. (It would not, of course, be reasonable to 
compare the salary for Chief of Police in Acton with that 
in Wellesley or Dedham.) 

Note that the great majority of these police departments 
are on a 40-hour week. Note further that the hourly rate 
for Acton patrolmen is substantially below every other town 
in the list except Barnstable. These inequities are substan- 
tial; moreover, they are not of recent origin. They affect 
materially the ability of the Acton Police Department to 
recruit qualified personnel. The Board believes this situation 
should be corrected without further delay. 

Another department in which there are marked inequities 
is the Tree Department. At present a tree climber receives 
twenty cents per hour less than a laborer in the highway 
department. The former job, in addition to the greater 
skills required and the greater hazards involved, is filled 
by men with two years of college training in forestry. The 
Board feels that this situation should also be corrected 
immediately. 

There appear to be some inequities in a third department 
— the Cemetery — but relatively minor adjustments will 
bring it into line with other departments of the Town. 

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Finally, some changes in individual salaries appear to be 
called for to bring comparable jobs into line. For example, 
the salary of the Chief of Police must bear a reasonable 
relation to that of the Sergeant and to the Patrolman rate. 
In addition, the position of Fire Chief is almost universally 
compensated at the same rate as that of Chief of Police. 
(The Board believes that all Town department heads should 
be compensated on an annual basis without payment for 
overtime, and that the hours of work for such individuals 
should depend upon the demands of the job.) 

The Board believes that definite goals should be set to 
bring Acton into line with personnel practices which are 
now common in most towns: a 40-hour week for all depart- 
ments except clerical (which is usually 371/2 hours), time 
and one-half for overtime, uniform practices with respect 
to holiday and vacation pay, etc. However, it is not possible 
to reach these goals at once. The recommendations below 
are felt to be essential now. Further steps will be recom- 
mended for 1959. 

Recommended Actions for 1958 
Wages and Salaries 



Present 

Annual Salaries 

Police Chief $4742 

Fire Chief 4992 

Cemetery Superintendent 3640 

Librarian 2750 

Weekly Salaries 



Proposed^ 



$5000-$5150-$5300 
5000- 5150- 5300 
3600- 3750- 3900 
2500- 2650- 2800 



Police Sergeant 


$ 86 


$ 86-$ 90-$ 94 


Nurse (Board of Health) 


70 


62- 66- 70 


Executive Clerk 


72 


64- 68- 72 


Clerk-Typist 


50 


50- 54- 58 


Hourly Rates 






Police Department 






Patrolman 


$1.70 


$1.80-$1.90-$2.002 


Special 


1.50 


1.60^ 


Highway Department 






Supt. of Highways 


$2.00 


$1.90-$1.95-$2.00 


Asst. Supt. — Operator 


$1.90 


$1.80-$1.85-$1.90 


Mechanic — Operator 


1.90 


1.80- 1.85- 1.90 



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Equip. Operator. — 

Skilled Laborer 1.70 1.60- 1.65- 1.70 

Skilled Laborer 1.60 1.50- 1.55- 1.60 

Cemetery Department 

Foreman — Asst. Supt. $1.50 $1.50-$1.55-$1.60 

Skilled Laborer 1.50 1.50- 1.55- 1.60 

Semi-skilled Laborer 1.30 1.30- 1.35- 1.40 

Laborer (part-time) 1.10-1.30 1.25 

Board of Health 

Dump Custodian $1.50 $1.50 

Tree Department 

Tree Warden and Moth Supt. $1.75 $1.75-$1.80-$1.85 

Tree Climber and Foreman 1.40 1.55- 1.60- 1.65 

Tree Climber 1.40 1.55- 1.60- 1.65 

Clerical 

Clerk-typist (part-time) $1.25 $1.25 



Library 






Asst. Librarian 


$1.10 


$1.10 


Librarian — West Branch 


1.21 


1.21 



' The first figure in this column is the hiring rate. The 
second figure is the rate which may be paid at the end 
of the first year of service in the job. The third figure 
is the rate which may be paid at the end of the second 
j^ear of service in the job. These increments in rate 
are provisional, depending upon satisfactory performance 
of the job. 

- To become effective when the Police Department goes on 
a 40-hour week. All other recommended changes to be 
effective April 1, 1958. 

Personnel Practices 

(except as noted below, 1957 departmental 
practices shall remain in effect during 1958) 

Work week 

Police Department to go from 48 hours to 40 hours per 
week as soon as needed personnel can be recruited. 

Vacations (for all departments) 

First year of employment: one day's vacation with pay 
for each month of employment after June 1, up to a 
maximum of 10 days. 

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After one year of employment subsequent to June 1: 
2 weeks vacation with pay. 

Only regular, full-time employees are entitled to vacation 
with pay. Vacations may not be accumulated beyond 
June 1 in any year. 

Overtime 

Cemetery Department 
When called back on Saturday or Sunday to prepare for 
an internment, the employee will be paid 50^ per hour 
in addition to his regular hourly rate for hours worked. 

Employees on weekly or annual salary are not eligible 
for overtime payments. Clerical personnel and other 
employees on weekly salary may be compensated for 
overtime with time off whenever practical. 

Respectfully submitted, 

PETER GRAY, 

DOUGLAS McGregor, 

EDWARD WRAPP, 
Acton Personnel Board. 



223 



FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICIALS 




President of the United States 

Dwight David Eisenhower 

Vice-President of the United States 

Richard M. Nixon 

United States Senators 

Leverett Saltonstall 
John F. Kennedy 

Representative in Congress 

Edith Nourse Rogers — Fifth Congressional District 



Officials of the Commonwealth 



Governor 

Lieutenant Governor 
Secretary- 
Treasurer 
Auditor 
Attorney General 

Governor's Council 
Third District 



Senator 
Fifth Middlesex District 



Foster Furcolo 
Robert H. Murphy 
Edward J. Cronin 
John F. Kennedy 
Thomas J. Buckley 
George Fingold 

Christian A. Herter, Jr. 
341/2 Beacon Street, 
Boston, Mass. 

William E. Hays 
436 Waverley Oaks Road, 
Waltham, Mass. 



Representative in the Vernon R. Fletcher 

General Court 111 Chelmsford Street 

Eleventh Middlesex District Chelmsford, Mass. 



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TOWN OF ACTON 



MASSACHUSETTS 



TABLE OF CONTENTS 

Highway Safety (Page 2) 

SECTION A 

Selectmen's Report 

Special Police Department Report 

Special Recreation Commission Report 

SECTION B 

Town Clerk's Report 

Acton School Department Report 

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Report 

SECTION C 

Archives Committee 

Board of Appeals 

Building Committee 

Building Inspector 

Cemetery Commissioners 

Dog Officer 

Fence Viewers 

Fire Department 

Goodnow Fund 

Health 

Industrial Development Committee 

Inspector of Animals 

Inspector of Wires 

Library 

Moth Superintendent 

Planning Board 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Superintendent of Streets 

Town Forest Committee 

Tree Warden 

Welfare 

SECTION D 

Accountant 

Assessors 

Collector 

State Auditor's Report 

Treasurer 

SECTION E 

Town Officers and Appointments 

Jury List 

Federal and State Officers 



ANNUAL REPORTS 




MASSACHUSETTS 



FOR ITS 

TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY-THIRD 

MUNICIPAL YEAR 



CLT^ 



FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST 



1958 



Murphy d Snyder, Inc. * Maynard, Massachusetts 



223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



HIGHWAY SAFETY 

Day and night the officers of your Police Department are on duty 
or on call to help you, to protect you and — if necessary — to fine or 
arrest you if you violate the law. You in turn can help your Police 
Department. How.^ By being aware of your state's traffic laws and 
by observing these laws faithfully. 

Chief Edward J. Collins, Jr. points out ten basic rules to help 
save your life and the lives of others. 

1. Don't exceed the speed laws. 

2. Don't drive too slowly either. There are others on the road too. 

3. Follow traffic signs and signals. 

4. Be sure your car is mechanically sound. 

5. Respect the school bus regulations. 

6. Remember the pedestrian always has the right of way, 

7. Use the proper hand signals or directional signals. 

8. If you skid, turn in the direction of the skid. Apply brakes gently. 

9. Keep a sizeable distance between you and that car ahead. 

10. Remember, yield the right of way at intersections if necessary to 
stay alive! 

Above all, drive carefully. The life you save may be your own! 



Highway Safety 2 

SECTION A 

Selectmen's Report 3 

Special Police Department Report 5 

Special Recreation Commission Report 16 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



SELECTMEN'S REPORT 

To the Citizens of the Town of Acton: 

We hereby submit reports of the several departments under the 
superv'ision of the Board of Selectmen. Reports of Officers and Commit- 
tees not found in the Town Report are on file in our office and are open 
for inspection during regular office hours. 

During the year 1958 regular meetings were held every week with 
the exception of the months of July and August when meetings were 
held every other week. In addition to these 10 special meetings were 
held. 

Necessary warrants with articles were prepared for one annual 
Town Meeting and one Special Town Meetmg. 

Construction on the new iirehouse in West Acton was completed 
and the building is now in full use, housing the Emergency Truck, 
new 750 gallon pumper and the old pumper which is held in reserve. 
Steady progress is being made on the new 20 room elementary school 
and it is anticipated that it will be completed well ahead of school 
opening in the fall. 

We are placing articles in the Town Warrant for the purchase of 
a pickup truck for use of the Superintendent of Streets; the purchase ot 
an area of land in North Acton for a Recreational Area, as submitted 
by the Recreation Commission, and authorization for the appointment 
of a paid Administrative Assistant to the Board of Selectmen. We feel 






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BOARD OF SELECTMEN— TOWN OF ACTON 
Lawrence Donnelly Martin S. Meigs, Jr. Charles D. MacPherson 



223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



that the fiUing of such a full time position will enable us to establish 
greater efficiency in your Town Government and at the same time effect 
savings well over and above the salary to be paid. 

Contract was let and Qiapter 90 reconstruction of Main Street from 
the Universalist Church to Prospect Street, which had been held up for 
a year, was completed. A sidewalk was also installed adjacent to this 
entire area. In 1959 we propose to reconstruct, under this program, that 
section of Route #62 lying in the Town of Acton. Both Concord and 
Maynard have completed similar work on their sections and it is only 
fair that we do our share, particularly in view of the extremely dangerous 
curve which will be eliminated. 

During the year William Kendall, Norman L. Roche, William 
Durkin, Robert Bartlett and John Gregory were appointed to the perma- 
nent rank of Patrolmen under Civil Service. The last two named were 
appointed to fill vacancies. We hope to be able to appoint a second 
Sergeant in 1959 so that all shifts may have a ranking man in charge. 
At this time we would like to pay public tribute to Patrolman Richard 
Farrell for the fine work performed by him while serving on the Acton 
Police Department. Through circumstances beyond our control the Town 
has lost the services of an extremely capable and efficient Police Officer. 
In the past year Officers Scribner and Durkin received invaluable training 
at the State Police School in Framingham. We plan to send two more 
men to this school in 1959. At this time we are giving careful thought 
and study to a new Police Headquarters, either in one of our existing 
buildings or in a new structure. As the Town grows Police business and 
the size of the Department increases accordingly. The present quarters 
in the Town Hall are fast becoming cramped and inadequate. 

We are also giving study, through the Permanent Town Building 
Committee, to possible relocation of the Highway Department. Again, 
this reflects the growth of the Town and the bigger and better equip- 
ment needed to maintain our present 66 miles of highways. 

A new hearing room has been completed on the first floor of the 
Town Hall and has already proved its value on numerous occasions. 

A start has been made on microfilming Town Records and at this 
time the most vital ones have been recorded in this fashion. We plan 
to continue this program in 1959 until all records of value have been 
processed. 

The task of endeavoring to meet the demands for services caused 
by the fast growth of the Town, and yet keep expenditures within reason, 
is an ever increasing problem and at this time we would most sincerely 
like to thank the Citizens of the Town as well as the various Boards 
and Committees for their fine understanding and co-operation in endeavor- 
ing to solve these problems. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MARTIN S. MEIGS, JR., 
CHARLES D. MacPHERSON, 
LAWRENCE DONNELLY, 

Board of Selectmen. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



SPECIAL POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT 




EDWARD J. COLLINS, JR. 
Chief 



Law is a necessity in any civilized community; without law there is 
chaos. And to be effective, law must of course be well enforced. This 
task of law enforcement is the reason for the existence of the Police 
Department. It is a task which never ceases; it continues through all 
hours of day and night, on every day of the week. 

Your Police Department means protection and security. A gasoline 
station attendant is robbed. Two cars crash head on in a fatal highway 
collision. A man embezzles funds from his company. A young child is 
suffocating, in immediate need of oxygen, or a large fire has broken out 
in a local residence. Your Police Department must be there — on the 
job. 

Who are the men who constitute your Police Department? What 
is the history of its existence? What are a few of the duties of your 
police officer? How Is he trained for his position? Does your Police 



223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 




TOP (left to right) — John V. Gregory, Norman L. Roche, Robert 
Bartlett, Wm. S. Kendall, Jr. 

BOTTOM (left to right)— Wm. J. Durlcin, Jr., Chauncey R. Fenton, Chief 
Edward J. Collins, Jr., David W. Scribner, Warren F. Birch. 



Department have any needs or aspirations for future development? 
Perhaps the following report can answer these questions. 

Your local Police Chief, Edward ]. Collins, Jr., was appointed on 
August 1, 1957 to succeed the late Michael Foley. Chief Collins was 
born in Concord, Massachusetts, March 3, 1920. He attended Concord 
schools, then worked for a short time before entering the Service. 
He entered the Army on Feb. 4, 1942 and served four years during 
World War II. This period included two years in the United States 
and two years overseas. His overseas duty was served mainly on the 
island of Okinawa, 

On Dec. 8, 1948 he was appointed a regular police officer of the 
Acton Police Department. He worked as a patrolman until November of 
1956, at which time he was promoted to the grade of sergeant. In 
February of 1957 he was appointed Acting Chief after the untimely 
death of Chief Foley. 

The Acton Police Department has come a long way since the early 
days of its organization. Prior to 1916 the Police Department operated 
with special police officers and constables, who were directed by the 
Chairman of the Board of Selectmen. In those days and in many small 
towns today, the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen was the self- 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



appointed Chief of Police. In 1926 Allen B. Frost was appointed Oiief 
of Police. In 1927 Michael Foley, who was a police officer on a part-time 
basis, was appointed Acting Chief of Police. Michael Foley was 
appointed full-time Chief in 1932, and in 1938 the office of Chief of 
Police was placed under Civil Service (Permanent.) 

In the year 1941 it was voted at the annual Town meeting for the 
Selectmen to appoint a regular officer to the department. In the period 
from 1941 to 1948, several citizens of the town were appointed to this 
officer's post, but for some reason or other they did not remain long in 
office. 

Acton had its first police cruiser in 1942; it was purchased by the 
town in April of that year. This necessary vehicle was equipped with a 
radio, and it could be used as an ambulance. A second cruiser was 
purchased in April 1954 by the town. 




OfRcer Roche (left) communicates via radio with officer Scribner in the 
Town cruiser. 

From 1942 to 1947 the town owned a radio to receive calls from 
the State Police. A new car radio was added in 1947 and connected 
with the Concord and Maynard Police radio stations. The town obtained 
its own radio station in October 1951 on the same wave length as that 
of Concord and Maynard. 

Edward Collins was appointed to the Police Department in 1948 
and soon after, 1951, Chauncey R. Fenton also joined the department, 
making a total of a Chief and tv^'o patrolmen. In 1954 officers Warren 



223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



F. Birch and David W. Scribner were appointed regulars. Officers 
William J. Durkin, Jr. and Norman L. Roche followed in 1956. Officer 
Richard N. Farrell, who was also appointed that year, had to leave in 
November of 1958 because of a legal technicality concerning a slight 
discrepancy in height. Officers William S. Kendall and Robert A. Bartlett 
were appointed in 1957 and 1958 respectively. In that same year, 1958, 
John V. Gregory joined the department. 

So now, at this particular time, the department is nine strong — 
a Chief, a Sergeant and seven Patrolmen. 

Perhaps it should be mentioned that in 1954, due to the efforts of 
Chief Collins and Sergeant Fenton, who were both Patrolmen at the 
time, the rest of the department was placed under Civil Service. This 
means that all Patrolmen coming into the department are subject to 
Civil Service examination and to all the laws, rules and regulations thereof. 

Just what does a police officer do.^ What are some of the things 
which make up his working day.^ 

When a police officer comes on duty he never knows what situation 
may confrofit him from the minute he checks in until he checks out. 




Officer Gregory checks speed of passing vehicles, one of the many duties 
of your Acton Police Force. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



When he returns home it is always with the thought that he may be 
called out at any hour in cases of emergency, because every officer is 
subject to call on a 24 hour basis. 

A police officer has many duties. One of the most important of 
these is controlling the speed on our roads and watching for all types 
of traffic violation. He is following that loaded school bus. He is 
charged with answering and investigating hundreds of complaints that 
come in yearly, of which he must write reports; also he must cover all 
accidents and turn in a report. A general knowledge of the law is 
necessary, of course, to enforce it, not only the General Laws and their 
amendments, but the local by-laws of Acton as well. You will find 
him patrolling the town and checking suspicious vehicles, checking 
doors of business establishments during the night. Hundreds of house 
check slips are left at homes each year while the occupants are away on 
vacation. 

Much of a police officer's off-duty time is spent in Court on cases 
in which he was the arresting officer. There are numerous other duties 
performed by officers that do not get into the headlines. A typical 
example is the care of equipment, not only that issued to officers but 
the washing and waxing of cruisers and the like. 

Something should be said about the duty of officers at fires and 
other emergencies. For instance, at a fire the police have an important 
function, such as seeing that motor vehicles do not park in places that 
will hamper the work of firemen, and blocking off and detouring 
vehicles in cases of large fires. People will still follow the fire engines ! ! ! 

In some cases, such as the fire that burned out Dropkick Murphy's 
Sanitarium, Officer David W. Scribner played a large part in getting 
the patients out through the windows to safety. Generally it is not the 
policy for officers to go into burning buildings unless so requested by 
the Fire Chief, but in this case where there were a large number of 
patients — such as at Murphy's — the officer used good judgment in 
assisting the Fire Department. 

For such hazards your Police Officer must be physically in top 
condition, and otherwise well qualified for his position. Until the 
year 1956 officers coming into the department did not receive police 
training. They were given a badge, gun and club and sent out to get 
their man. Of course the Chief instructed his men as to their duties. 

In April of 1956 the first officer of the department was sent to the 
State Academy at Framingham for training. The prevailing opinion 
at the time was that the senior of the older officers should be sent first. 
Edward J. Collins, Jr. was the first to go, and in April 1957 Chauncey 
R. Fenton went to the Academy. In 1958 two officers attended, one in 
April and one in October, David W. Scribner and William R. Durkin. 

In 1959 we will send two more officers. When this is completed, 
future officers will also be sent during their year of appointment. Chief 



10 



223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 




CHAUNCEY R. FENTON 
Sergeant 



Collins, Speaking from personal experience, has stated that the Academy 
should be a must for every officer, since the training is invaluable. 

This training consists of those things that every police officer should 
know — how to shoot and protect himself, for instance. Each individual 
is trained in the use of the service revolver, a major subject at the 
Academy. Then there is criminal law and Chapter 90 of the General 
Law, first aid procedures, courtroom demeanor, report writing technique, 
the firing and use of machine guns, shotguns and rifles, aircraft laws — 
and many other subjects. 

The Academy is sponsored by the Massachusetts Chief of Police 
Association and is run by the Massachusetts State Police. Officers 
attending are required to spend four weeks at the school, 24 hours a 
day with the exception of weekends. This Academy is one of the best 
of its kind, rated as a top training school in this country. 

The police officer has passed a rigid physical examination; he has 
learned about the law; he has been shown how to shoot accurately. 



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In order to function effectively, he must have good equipment. It goes 
without saying that all police officers have their badge, gun, and club. 
Other equipment in Acton consists of the aforementioned cruisers, and 
radio units. A resuscitator is a must, as well as handy First Aid kits. 




OfRcer Roche and officer Gregory administer assistance by ennploying use 
of the resuscitator to an accident victim. 



There is a stretcher in each car for emergency purposes. Numerous 
other types of equipment are used, such as flares and large hand lights, 
and even six shot guns for duty in riots and insurrections — if any such 
inflammatory events should occur within the peaceful confines of our 
small community. 

Your Police Department has fared very well with the limited 
facilities at its disposal. But what of the future? A very important item 
is missing. It's not a shot gun, a stretcher or a hand light. Where is 
the "hoosegow".^ the "clink?" How do we put an offender behind bars? 

What good is a Police Department without a jail, many might ask? 
Chapter 40, Section 34 of the General Laws provides that all towns with 
a population of over 3,000 provide a lock-up for arrested persons. It also 
provides for a penalty on the town for violation of this section with a 
fine of $10.00 for each month during which such neglect continues. 

As is well known, the town of Acton has no lock-up and our popula- 
tion is an unofficial 6,000 persons. In 1950 the official census was 
3,150 persons. It is the opinion of your Police Chief that we should 
have had a lock-up at that time. Since then eight years have elapsed. 
At this point, according to the law, the penalty as of this writing would 
be $960.00 and it is accumulating all the time. Irrespective of the law, 
we need a Police Station ! ! 



12 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



We have no facilities for the detention of juveniles, which of course 
is a must by law when such a station exists. Qiief Collins is operating 
with a nine-man outfit from an office which measures an infinitesimal 
lOx 13 feet 

What is done now with offenders? At the present time prisoners 
are locked up at the Concord Police Station. The cruiser has to travel 
approximately six miles from the center of Acton to accomplish this. 
The time that elapses from the time an arrest is made until the cruiser 
is back in Acton is approximately one hour. An hour that places your 
cruiser ten minutes from your home in time of emergency. This emer- 
gency could probably be answered in two or three minutes when the car 
is on normal patrol in Acton. 

A Police Station, your Chief repeats, would certainly greatly improve 
the efficiency of your local department. An appropriation for a Police 
Station will probably be put before the townspeople by 1961. The 
reason for designating 1961 for the year is because another fire house is 
scheduled to be built in South Acton in I960; therefore, the load would 
be too great on the taxpayers to build both in one year. 

Before presenting the annual statistics your Chief of Police would 
like to express his appreciation to the people of the Town of Acton 
who, at the Annual Town Meeting of 1958, voted the appropriation 
that enabled our police force to go on a 40-hour week and which 
brought the pay scale up to a level comparable to that of surrounding 
towns. 

For the year ending December 31, 1958 I submit a report concern- 
ing activities relative to the operation of the Police Department. 

Arrests and prosecutions for the following offenses: 

Allowing improper person to operate a motor vehicle 1 

Assault and Battery 3 

Attaching plates 3 

Attempted Breaking and Entering with intent to commit 

misdemeanor 3 

Breaking and Entering and Larceny 

Begetting 

Collecting junk without permission 

Contributing to the delinquency of a minor 

Cruelty to animals 

Dangerous weapon in Motor Vehicle 

Defective brakes 

Drunk 24 

Excessive weight 

Failing to slow down 

Failing to slow at an intersection 

Failure to comply with order of Selectmen 

Failure to use care at Railroad crossing 

Failure to use care in starting 

Flashing red light violation 



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Following too closely 1 

Fraudulent check 11 

Giving wrong name to officer , 2 

Going away after property damage 4 

Going away after personal injury 1 

Hunting too close to a dwelling 2 

Impersonating a Police Officer 1 

Indecent exposure 2 

Larceny 8 

Law of the road 6 

License not in possession 1 

Malicious injury to property 1 

No inspection sticker 1 

No license 11 

No registration in possession 2 

Non-support 2 

Not displaying number plates 1 

One- Way 1 

Operating after revocation of License 2 

Operating after suspension of License 2 

Operating an uninsured Motor Vehicle 11 

Operating an uninspected Motor Vehicle 3 

Operating an unregistered Motor Vehicle 14 

Operating so as to endanger 22 

Operating under the influence of intoxicating liquor 12 

Obscuring number plate 1 

Receiving stolen property 1 

Red light violation 5 

Refusing to stop 4 

School bus violation 24 

Speeding 108 

Stop sign violation 40 

Transporting fireworks 1 

Using Motor Vehicle without authority 7 

Vagrancy 1 

Delinquent Child — Breaking and Entering to commit a 

misdemeanor 1 

Delinquent Child — Breaking and Entering and Larceny, 

daytime 1 

Delinquent Child — Malicious injury to property 1 

Delinquent Child — No license 2 

Delinquent Child — Operating so as to endanger 1 

Delinquent Child — Operating uninsured motor vehicle .... 1 

Delinquent Child — Operating unregistered motor vehicle 1 

Delinquent Child — Using motor vehicle without authority 1 

Delinquent Child — Truancy 2 

377 



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Motor Vehicle Accident Report: 1957 1958 

Total number of accidents reported 115 112 

Number of occupants injured 57 54 

Number of occupants killed 1 

Number of pedestrians injured 1 2 

Bicyclists injured 2 

Bicyclists killed 2 

Motorcyclists injured 1 1 

Horseback rider injured 1 

Miscellaneous Statistics: 

Bicycles registered 182 

Complaints received and investigated 230 

Cruiser ambulance trips to Acton Medical Center 8 

Cruiser ambulance trips to Concord Medical Center 2 

Cruiser ambulance trips to Emerson Hospital 37 

Cruiser trips to Metropolitan State Hospital 3 

Doors found unlocked in buildings and places of business 79 

Electric Wires down and reported to Edison 19 

Fire Alarms answered 75 

Houses checked 154 

Defective equipment tickets given 64 

Motorists assisted by patrol 32 

Motor vehicles checked by night patrol 620 

Total number of arrests made 32 

Nighttime parking tickets given 62 

Parking tickets given 38 

Property check, slips left at request of owners 2,473 

Prowlers reported 9 

Street lights out, reported to Edison Company 126 

Summonses sent out for service 132 

Summonses served 163 

Telephone wires down and reported to New England Tele- 
phone Co 2 

Times Resuscitator was used 11 

Traffic lights out and reported to Dept. of Public Works 15 

There were 1,236 motor vehicles checked by this department for 

traffic or motor vehicle violations for which operators received verbal 
warnings, summonses to appear in court or had the violation reported to 
the Registrar of Motor Vehicles for action. 

It was pleasing to see the accident rate and amount of injuries 
slightly lower than 1957. 

We were again unfortunate to have a fatal on Route #2 near the 
Arlington Street Bridge. It seems that Route #2 spoils our record each 
year in relation to fatals. 

This year I am recommending that Willow Street, West Acton be 
posted widi Speed Signs. I am also recommending that six (6) addi- 



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tional signs be posted on School Street, South Acton. 
Cruisers: 

At present we have two 1958 station wagons which we use for 
patrol and are equipped with stretchers for emergency purposes. We 
also have one resuscitator which is kept in a cruiser at all times. I want 
to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the Acton Grange 
for their generosity in donating same to the department. 

I am recommending that both cruisers be traded for 1959 Station 

Wagons, as we have found it is cheaper to trade each year than to keep 
cars two years and find the expenses run higher than the cost of new cars. 

It is good to report that the department is finally straightened out 
in relation to all regular officers being on a Civil Service basis. 

In closing, I would like to thank all the members of the depart- 
ment who worked with me in carr)4ng out the duties of the Police 
Department during the year and to all others who assisted us in any way, 
I am grateful. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWARD J. COLLINS, JR., 

Chief of Police. 



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223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



SPECIAL REPORT OF THE RECREATION COMMISSION 




THREE MEMBERS OF THE RECREATION COMMITTEE (Left to Right) 
Dr. Nicholas Albanese Fredrick T, Heyliger Mrs. Craig Lundberg 



Acton's first Recreation Commission was appointed by the Selectmen 
in August, 1957. It was given no specific directions or tasks, but was 
asked to look over the town carefully from the point of view of recrea- 
tional facilities and needs and to make recommendations for improvement. 
This was one of several actions taken by the Selectmen as a result of the 
town's "growing pains," primarily to provide special attention for a com- 
munity problem of ever-increasing importance and complexity, and 
secondarily to relieve the overburdened Selectmen of the responsibility 
for developing an adequate program in a specialized field. 

At its first meeting the Commission compiled a list of those various 
types of recreation available in town and realized what ample accom- 
plishments had been made by private organizations in the absence of 
town leadership. Most of the activities carried on in other towns by 
official agencies are provided in Acton by our private organizations — a 
fact for which they should be publicly congratulated. 

There are many forms of recreation, all sponsored by local groups 
and organizations. Among these are: arts and crafts, kindergarten, 
dramatics, teens' activities, dancing classes, square dancing, bridge, ball- 
room dancing for youngsters, Little League Baseball, 4-H activities, cul- 
tural meetings, riflery, game conservation, scouting for boys and girls, and 
swimming lessons. The Recreation Commission would be pleased to 
furnish any available information concerning these activities. 

Looking at this impressive and diversified list, the Commission could 
not help feeling that the townsfolk had done pretty well for themselves, 
and that it was not our job to duplicate or compete with these activities 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 17 



in any way. Rather we should concentrate on those areas which are by 
nature difficult for private organizations to enter. In line with this 
thinking, it was unanimously agreed that pro\iding a public swimming 
facility for the town should be our primary objective. This, of course, 
involved finding a suitable land and water area, and then asking the 
Town for money to purchase and develop it. 

Viewing with some alarm Acton's rapid rate of growth, we decided 
that our secondary objective should be the acquiring of additional 
properties wherever possible with an eye to future development of play- 
ground and general recreational areas. At the same time, the two Town 
properties under the jurisdiction of the Recreation Commission, Jones 
Field in South Acton and Goward Field behind Town Hall, should be 
maintained and improved to the best of our abilities. 

It was obvious that long range planning was needed. We all felt it 
would be a mistake to rush hastily into expensive programs involving 
paid personnel while new construction was filling up all the old vacant 
lots in town where youngsters of past generations had organized their 
own programs of recreation. A summer playground program will 
eventually be considered by the Commission, but probably not until it 
can be integrated with a swimming program, as has been very suc- 
cessfully done in Concord. The experience of those who ran the summer 
playground program for the School Department a few years ago was not 
encouraging. Attendance averaged only about twenty-five children per 
day, due to lack of transportation and interruptions caused by other 
activities. Irregular attendance and lack of equipment hampered the 
playground workers. The difficulties of running a program for children 
from such a spread-out area as all the Actons are not hard to under- 
stand. But the question arises whether the expense is justified if only a 
handful of children participate. No doubt this situation can be solved in 
the future if the townspeople desire to spend enough money on it, but 
the Recreation Commission was disinclined to tackle it in the fall of 1957 
and feels much the same way at this writing. 

To return to the problem of a swimming facility, the Recreation 
Commission felt this would be a justifiable undertaking because it 
would serve a greater number of townspeople, and because the Concord 
Chapter of the Red Cross, of which Acton is a Branch, is in the process 
of decentralizing its Water Safety Program. About two years ago the 
Concord Recreation Commission took over full responsibility for its own 
program, using playground personnel for its swimming instructors. 
Lincoln and Bedford have almost reached the same stage of independence. 

But quite aside from this consideration is the factor of crowding. 
Walden Pond is a State Reservation, and as such is open to any group 
which requests admittance. Last summer a Scout camp from Lexington 
was added to the roster. Each year each town enters more children in the 
Program. It is inevitable that the Instruction Beach will grow more 
crowded as time goes on. Add to this the administrative problems of 
getting 450 children to Walden at the rate of 60 children per hour over 



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two four- week sessions, plus the collecting and recording of $1,700 for 
bus transportation (not including the $500 paid through a special item 
in the School Department's budget), and the magnitude of Acton's part 
in the Water Safety Program can be seen. The Recreation Commission 
feels that this project has outgrown the voluntary organization stage and 
voted in August, 1958, to take over the responsibility for the Program, 
in cooperation with the School Department. To this end, our Repre- 
sentative in the General Court has been asked to submit a bill on 
behalf of the Recreation Commission enabling us to set up a revolving 
fund in the Town treasury, so that the bus fares can be kept separate 
from the general funds of the Town. 

Only three possible sites for a swimming facility appeared promising 
enough to warrant investigation, and Nagog Pond was NOT one of 
them. The Recreation Commission has been repeatedly asked why we 
cannot take it away from Concord by legislation plus suitable recompense. 
The explanation is this. By virtue of its size, Nagog Pond is legally 
classified under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a 
"great pond." As such, it is under the jurisdiction of the State and 
may be allocated to Towns as a water supply. This was done in the case 
of Nagog by an Act of the General Court under Chapter 201, in 1884, 
giving Concord the right to draw water. Under the terms of the Act, 
subject to certain conditions Littleton and Acton may also draw water 
for domestic use and fire protection, and the Commonwealth reserv^es 
the right to take water for its buildings at the Reformatory. Even if 
Acton somehow managed to have this Act rescinded, it would still cost 
in the neighborhood of $200,000 to reimburse Concord for its pumping 
station. 

By November, 1957, one possible site for a swimming area had 
been eliminated and contact made with the owners of the other two. 
In March, 1958, the second site was eliminated, when the owner 
informed us he had other plans for the land. The Recreation Com- 
mission was left with the third and in many way the most desirable 
property, the land owned by David F. Morrison along Nashoba Brook 
in North Acton. As soon as Mr. Morrison indicated that his land was 
for sale, the Soil Conservation Department was contacted. It had pre- 
viously been determined that their engineers would inspect the condition 
of the dam, estimate cost of repairs, survey and describe the proposed 
pond area, test bore, and estimate the amount of water — all free of 
charge. If this help had not been available, any plans for the swimming 
area would have been held up indefinitely, because the Recreation Com- 
mission had no funds for such proposes and without a thorough investi- 
gation would have been in no position to make recommendations to the 
Town. Contacts with the State Department of Natural Resources and 
the State University Specialist in Recreation resulted in additional offers 
of help in landscaping, pool specification, and general recreational 
planning for the area. 

When word was received that the Selectmen would permit an 
article for the Morrison property to be inserted in the special Town 



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Meeting of November, 1958, the Recreation Commission redoubled its 
efforts to have everything ready. A survey and plot plan were made by 
Harlan Tuttle and the deeds put in the hands of the Town Counsel. 
Chief of Police Collins, an avid photographer, generously consented to 
take pictures of the area, and Carroll Spinney, a talented young artist from 
South Acton, agreed to make a sketch of how the area might look when 
completed. Everyone rose to the occasion and worked against a close 
deadline. Everything seemed to have been accomplished satisfactorily. 

Then to our utter dismay the Town Counsel notified us that the 
plot plan made on the basis of the deed in the hands of the Recreation 
Commission did not show the same amount of land as the deed he had 
used in describing the property in the Article. As the Warrant had 
already been printed, it could not be changed legally. The Town Counsel 
advised us to postpone the Article until the March Town Meeting, when 
it could be inserted in corrected form. Reluctantly we faced the fact that 
this was the only thing to do. Consequently three months have been lost, 
and the swimming area will not be ready this year. Nevertheless the 
Recreation Commission is confident of the ultimate success of this project. 

Many townspeople have asked how much the finished area will cost. 
The answer is that this depends entirely on what the voters want and are 
willing to pay for. The Commission feels that a period of possibly five 
years will be needed to complete the project, but this rough estimate 
may be revised after consultation with the State workers whose profes- 



20 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



sional help is available to the Town. Once the overall plans are made 
and accepted by the Town, it can be decided what portion of the work 
will be done each year. The Recreation Commission has worked a year 
and a half on this project and feels it was time well spent, but the 
fate of the Town's swimming area is now in the hands of the voters. 

As stated earlier, the Commission is interested in acquiring proper- 
ties, or the use of them, in all parts of town. A partial list of Town- 
owned properties shows eleven parcels of from three to forty acres. 
Not all of these are possible recreation areas, but the more desirable 
ones will be kept in mind. One project which has received a good deal 
of attention during the past year is the providing of a playground in 
West Acton. Three lots of land have been considered, but at this 
writing only one seems an immediate prospect. The Commission has 
discussed the feasibility of buying small pieces of land scattered here 
and there throughout the Actons for play areas, skating rinks, and 
perhaps later, tennis courts, but due to the pressure of other business, no 
decisions have been reached. 

As the Town Report goes to press, representatives from the Recrea- 
tion Commission will be about to attend an organizational meeting of 
the proposed Middlesex Association of Town Recreation Commissions. 
Eleven towns were represented at the first meeting. Ideas were swapped 
back and forth, and it was unanimously decided that a regional asso- 
ciation would be helpful to all concerned, as all could learn a great deal 
from the experience of other towns. 

The year 1958 saw the first complete year of operation of the Acton 
Recreation Commission. Our monthly meetings have been long and 
interesting, and discussion has covered a wide range of subjects: the 
vital question of the swimming pool, the acquiring of additional 
properties for recreational use, the recommendation to the Planning 
Board that future housing developers be required to set aside several 
house lots as playgrounds for young children. 

The Commission plans to pursue its objectives as energetically as 
possible but at the same time will try to stagger the cost of the various 
projects so as not to increase the tax burden unduly in any one year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FREDERICK T. HEYLIGER, Chamnan 
NICHOLAS ALBANESE, 
MARGARET J. LUNDBERG, 
PATIENCE H. MacPHERSON, 
ALLAN R. MURRAY, 

Acton Recreation Committee. 



SECTION B 

Town Clerk's Report 21 

Acton School Department Report 67 

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Report 84 



TOWN OF ACTON 

REPORT 

OF THE 

FINANCE COMMITTEE 




^c-MfToiC^ 



INCLUDING 

WARRANT ARTICLES 

FOR ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 
19 5 9 



With Finance Committee's 
RECOMMENDATIONS AND BUDGET 



3 
REPORT OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE 

During its long and careful review of the proposed budget 
for 1959, the Finance Committee has endeavored to hold the 
line against rising costs. The Departments of the Town have 
been very co-operative in support of this effort. 

In two areas of the budget the Finance Committee is 
recommending substantial increases. We recommend that the 
Education Operating Budget be increased to $487,390, up 
14.4% over the appropriation of last year, due to the increase 
of the school population and the addition of the new elemen- 
tary school. We are also recommending that the total High- 
way Department Operating Expenses, exclusive of equipment 
purchases, be increased by 10.5% to $87,231 for this year to 
insure a more adequate surfacing program. 

The work performed by the Personnel Board during 1957 
in establishing a set of recommended wage rates for the Town 
has continued to be of value during our review of the 1959 
budget. As with all wage rate structures, however, it must 
be kept up-to-date if it is to have any validity. We urge that 
the Personnel Board review all salary and wage rates of the 
Town on an annual basis, so that a fair wage will be paid to 
all Town employees. 

The matter of salaries of elected Town officials has been an 
especially difficult one this year. The Finance Committee has 
received requests for salary increases for several offices. In 
the absence of any comprehensive study of each position, 
including job content, responsibilities and required time, the 
Finance Committee has withheld recommendations of any 
substantial increases. We do recommend that a proper study 
be conducted this year, so that adjustments, if needed, can 
be made next year. 

This year the Town Budget exceeds one milhon dollars for 
the first time in Acton's history. This milestone emphasizes 
the growth of the Town and of the services required of its 
government. The budget for the year 1952 was $323,671, 
less than one-third of this year's. This comparison makes it 
clear that our local government is now '*Big Business." We 
must accept the fact that long range comprehensive planning, 
combined with real efficiency is essential. 

ROBERT T. LUND 

ALLEN G. MOODY 

H. CALVIN GAEBEL 

H. BRADFORD STURTEVANT, III 

THOMAS N. ROGERS, Clerk 

ARTHUR W. LEE, Chairman 



COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS 
Middlesex, ss. 




To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton, in said 
County, Greetings: 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you 
are hereby directed to notify the legal voters of said Town of 
Acton, qualified to vote at Town Meetings for the transaction 
of Town affairs, to meet in their respective precincts, to wit : 

Precinct 1 — Town Hall, Acton Center 

Precinct 2 — Community Universalist Church, South Acton 

Precinct 3 — Acton Community Center, West Acton 

at 12 o'clock noon, Monday, the second day of March, 1959 by 
posting a copy of this warrant, by you attested, at each of 
the places as directed by vote of the Town, seven days at least 
before the second day of March. 

To bring in their votes on one ballot for the following Town 
officers: Moderator, Town Clerk, Town Treasurer, Town 
Collector, one Selectman for three years; one Assessor for 
three years; one member of the Board of Public Welfare for 
three years; four Constables for one year; one Cemetery 
Commissioner for three years; two members of the School 
Committee for three years; one member of the Board of 
Health for three years; one Trustee of Memorial Library for 
three years ; one member of the Planning Board for five years ; 
and a Tree Warden for one year. 

The polls will be open at 12 o'clock noon, and close at 8 
o'clock P. M. 



You are further requested in the name of the Common- 
wealth to notify the legal voters of said Town of Acton as 
aforesaid, to meet at the BLANCHARD AUDITORIUM in said 
Acton on 

Monday, March 9, 1959 at 7:30 o'clock P.M. 

Then and there to act on the following articles: 



Article 1. To choose all necessary Town Officers and Com- 
mittees and fix the salaries and compensation of all the 
elective officers of the Town. 



Article 2. To see if the Town will vote to accept the 
several reports of the Town Officers and Boards, or take any 
other action relative thereto. 

Article 3. To hear and act upon the reports of any Com- 
mittees chosen at any previous Town Meeting that have not 
already reported. 

Article 4. To see what sums of money the Town will vote 
to raise and appropriate to defray the necessary expenses of 
the several departments of the Town and determine how the 
same shall be raised. 

It is recommended that the following sums of money he 
raised and appropriated for the several purposes hereinafter 
designated and that the same he expended only for the pur- 
poses under the direction of the respective hoards, committees 
or officers of the Town as folloivs: 

1959 BUDGET 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 3.45 7r OF TOTAL 

Recommended 
1959 

Moderator $75.00 

Finance Committee Expense 125.00 

Selectmen's Salaries 1,200.00 

Selectmen's Expenses 750.00 

Town Office Clerical — Wages .... 14,900.00 

Legal Services — Board of Selectmen... 750.00 

Town Accountant — Salary 1,575.00 

Expenses 200.00 

Treasurer — Salary 1,575.00 

Expenses 550.00 

Town Collector — Salary 2,200.00 

Expenses 970.00 

Assessors' Salaries 4,600.00 

Expenses 400.00 

Town Clerk — Salary 1,175.00 

Expenses 520.00 



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1958 


1 
2 
3 
4 

5 
6 


$55.00 

44.80 

1,183.25 

499.25 

11,979.40 

1,665.00 


7 
8 


1,475.00 
200.00 


9 
10 


1,475.00 
400.00 


11 
12 


2,150.00 

848.47 


13 
14 


4,600.00 
382.63 


15 
16 


1,075.00 
219.84 



Expended Recommended 

Item 1958 1959 

Election and Registrations 

17 2,700.33 Salaries and Wages 2,125.00 

18 899.52 Expenses 715.00 

19 1,467.93 Planning Board — Expenses 1,900.00 

20 7.20 Board of Appeals — Expenses 50.00 



21 $33,327.62 Total General Government $36,355.00 



BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS .77% OF TOTAL 

22 $3,148.60 Buildings and Grounds — Wages.. $3,480.00 

23 3,810.59 Expenses 4,600.00 



24 $6,959.19 Total Buildings and Grounds $8,080.00 



PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY 
9.99% OF TOTAL 

Police Department 

25 $36,760.05 Salaries and Wages $40,355.00 

26 6,386.14 Expenses 6,500.00 

Fire Department 

27 12,356.63 Salaries and Wages 14,765.00 

28 8,782.57 Expenses 8,855.00 

Fire Alarm System 

29 4,891.30 Salaries and Wages 5,345.00 

30 1,181.44 Expenses 2,320.00 

31 12,500.00 Fire Hydrant Rental 13,100.00 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 

32 350.00 Salary and Travel 350.00 

33 27.55 Expenses 50.00 

Moth Department Chapter 657 

34 2,388.85 Wages 2,450.00 

35 2,049.88 Expenses 1,700.00 

36 93.00 Town Forest — Maintenance 100.00 

37 353.73 Shade Tree Replacement 425.00 

38 2,329.40 Tree Warden — Wages 2,550.00 

39 744.18 Expenses 1,100.00 

Wire Inspector 

40 900.00 Salary and Travel 900.00 

41 91.00 Expenses 100.00 



Expended Recommended 

Item 1958 1959 

Building Inspector 

42 2,200.00 Salary and Travel 3,400.00 

43 123.70 Expenses 75.00 

Dog Officer 

44 394.00 Wages and Travel 400.00 

45 Building Committee — Expenses.. 50.00 

46 Civilian Defense — Expenses 500.00 

47 $94,903.42 Total Protection $105,390.00 



HEALTH AND SANITATION 3.37% OF TOTAL 

48 $275.00 Board of Health — Salaries $275.00 

49 2,170.59 Expenses 2,500.00 

50 2,570.00 Secretary — Salary 650.00 

51 3,640.00 Town Nurse — Salary 3,835.00 

52 960.00 Expenses 960.00 

53 385.00 Assistant Town Nurse — Wages.. 650.00 

54 3,253.00 Agent and Assistant Agent — 

Wages 3,835.00 

55 300.00 Laboratory Fees 300.00 

Town Dump 

56 3,108.00 Custodian — Wages 3,120.00 

57 1,224.00 Assistant Custodian — Wages 1,368.00 

58 369.00 Hospital and Sanitorium 2,500.00 

59 170.49 Medical Supplies 225.00 

60 540.72 School Clinics 1,200.00 

61 8,845.00 Garbage Collector 9,530.00 

62 150.00 Inspector of Animals — Salary .... 150.00 

63 23.89 Expenses 30.00 

64 1,562.50 Plumbing Inspector — Wages 1,800.00 

65 2,620.00 Mosquito Control 2,580.00 



66 $32,167.19 Total Health and Sanitation $35,508.00 



HIGHWAYS 7.32% OF TOTAL 

67 $6,499.71 Village Highways $6,500.00 

68 9,499.99 Drainage 10,150.00 

69 9,799.80 Chapter 81 Highways 13,050.00 

70 1,999.84 Chapter 90 Highways 2,200.00 

71 30,000.00 Snow Removal 25,000.00 

72 999.99 Traffic Signs and Lines 1,500.00 



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Expended Recommended 

Item 1958 1959 

73 2,041.20 Vacations and Holidays 2,145.00 

74 Sidewalk Maintenance 250.00 

75 Highway Machinery Maintenance 8,000.00 

76 7,448.63 Street Lighting 8,300.00 

77 $68,289.16 Total Highways $77,095.00 



CHARITIES 7.29% OF TOTAL 

78 $3,000.00 District and Local Welfare 

Administration — Salaries $3,275.00 

79 4,998.55 General ReKef and Disability 

Assistance 5,500.00 

80 41,000.00 Old Age Assistance 59,000.00 

81 7,994.66 Aid to Dependent Children 9,000.00 

82 $56,993.21 Total Charities $76,775.00 



VETERANS' AID .73% OF TOTAL 

Veterans' Benefits 

Agent's Salary $600.00 

Expenses 250.00 

Expenditures 6,600.00 

Veterans' Services — Salary 200.00 

Expenses 25.00 

88 $8,001.08 Total Veterans' Aid $7,675.00 



EDUCATION 46.24% OF TOTAL 

LOCAL SCHOOLS 26.13% OF TOTAL 

89 $157,608.66 Instruction $190,148.00 

90 7,855.22 Textbooks and Supplies 11,655.00 

91 18,650.00 Plant Operation 28,155.00 

92 8,678.77 Blanchard Auditorium 9,300.00 

93 3,844.53 Maintenance 2,500.00 

94 18,924.43 Auxiliary Agencies 22,050.00 

95 7,028.32 General Control 8,210.00 

96 2,765.00 Outlay 3,000.00 

97 397.88 Contingency Fund 400.00 

98 $225,752.81 Total Local School Budget $275,418.00 



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Item 1958 1959 

REGIONAL SCHOOL 20.11% OF TOTAL 

99 $136,181.01 Instruction $146,737.26 

100 8,220.96 Textbooks and Supplies 9,678.48 

101 27,280.00 Plant Operation 26,636.06 

102 1,672.00 Maintenance 1,604.07 

103 4,171.20 Auxiliary Agencies 4,364.77 

104 7,600.00 Transportation 5,296.88 

105 7,295.20 General Control 7,969.71 

106 440.00 Outlay 1,935.02 

107 Blanchard Auditorium Lease 5,128.93 

108 Athletic Fund 2,452.80 

109 176.00 Contingency Fund 168.85 

110 $193,036.37 Total Regional School Budget $211,972.83 

111 $418,789.18 Total Education $487,390.83 



LIBRARIES .64% OF TOTAL 

112 $3,977.25 Libraries — Salaries and Wages .. $4,265.00 

113 1,489.45 Expenses 1,460.00 

114 660.00 Books 1,000.00 

115 $6,126.70 Total Libraries $6,725.00 



RECREATION .19% OF TOTAL 

116 $782.50 Playgrounds — Wages $1,000.00 

117 361.54 Expenses 1,000.00 

118 $1,144.04 Total Recreation $2,000.00 



CEMETERIES 1.53% OF TOTAL 

119 $13,052.70 Cemeteries, Salaries and Wages .. $13,618.00 

120 2,497.44 Expenses 2,550.00 

121 $15,550.14 Total Cemeteries $16,168.00 



OTHER CLASSIFIED EXPENSES 1.46% OF TOTAL 

122 $2,142.62 Town Reports $2,650.00 

123 2,293.40 Workmen's Compensation 3,700.00 



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Expended Recommended 

Item 1958 1959 

124 693.50 Surety Bonds 950.00 

125 572.59 Archives Committee — Expenses.. 200.00 

126 2,220.17 Fire Insurance — Town Buildings 5,500.00 
126A Boiler and Machinery Insurance .. 700.00 

127 639.78 Memorial Day 700.00 

128 881.64 Miscellaneous 1,000.00 

129 $9,443.70 Total Other Classified Expenses .. $15,400.00 



PENSIONS .52% OF TOTAL 

130 $4,338.47 Pension Fund $5,198.78 

131 224.70 Expenses 251.60 

132 21.77 Military Service Fund 21.52 

133 $4,584.94 Total Pensions $5,471.90 



MATURING DEBT AND INTEREST 16.50% OF TOTAL 

Regional School 

134 $8,672.36 Maturing Debt $30,400.00 

135 39,216.00 Interest 37,064.25 

Julia McCarthy Elementary School 

136 15,000.00 Maturing Debt 15,000.00 

137 4,300.00 Interest 4,000.00 

New Elementary School 

138 45,000.00 Maturing Debt 45,000.00 

139 30,240.00 Interest 28,620.00 

West Acton Fire Station 

140 12,000.00 Maturing Debt 12,000.00 

141 1,980.00 Interest 1,584.00 

Anticipation of Revenue 

142 110.14 Notes — Interest 250.00 

143 $156,518.50 Total Maturing Debt and Interest $173,918.25 



144 $912,798.07 Total Budget $1,053,951.98 



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Article 5. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the 
Town Treasurer with the approval of the Board of Selectmen 
to borrow money from time to time in anticipation of the 
revenue of the financial year beginning January 1, 1959 and 
to issue a note or notes therefor, payable within one year, and 
to renew any note or notes as may be given for a period of 
less than one year in accordance with Section 17, Chapter 44, 
General Laws, or take any other action relative thereto. 



Article 6. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$6,000.00, or any other sum, for a Reserve Fund, pursuant to 
the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 6, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$6,000.00 he appropriated from Overlay Surplus. 

Article 7. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$3,000.00, or any other sum, to pay the cost of effecting 
insurance providing indemnity for or protection to any officer 
or employee of the Town against loss by reason of his liability 
to pay damages to others for bodily injuries, including death 
at any time resulting therefrom, or for damage to property 
caused by operation, within the scope of his official duties or 
employment, of motor or other vehicles owned by the Town 
as provided by the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 40, 
Section 5, Sub-section 1, as amended, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$3,000.00 he raised and appropriated. 

Article 8. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$2,000.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of two police 
cruisers for the Police Department, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends approval of this 
Article and that the sum of $2,000.00 he appropriated from 
Surplus Revenue. 



Article 9. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 



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$6,000.00, or any other sum, for a Stabilization Fund, pursuant 
to the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5-B, or 
take any other action relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$6,000.00 be raised and appropriated. 



Article 10. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$575.00, or any other sum, for the painting of the interior of 
the Acton Center Fire Station, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$575.00 he raised and appropriated. 



Article 11. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$8,000.00, or any other sum, for the purpose of hiring a con- 
sultant to make a comprehensive study of the Town under 
Title VII — Housing Act of 1954, or take any other action 
relative thereto. (Inserted by Planning Board). 

The Finance Committee recommends approval of this 
Article and that the sum of $4,000.00 be raised and appro- 
priated and that the sum of $4,000.00 be appropriated from 
Surplus Revenue. 



Article 12. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$1,500.00, or any other sum, to survey the Town street 
numbering system; to recommend changes in this system, if 
required; and to prepare plans for future street numbering 
in the Town, or take any other action relative thereto. 
(Inserted by Planning Board). 

The Finance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$1,500.00 be raised and appropriated. 



Article 13. To see if the Town will vote to amend the 
Building By-Law of the Town of Acton by adding the follow- 
ing as Section 26, or take any other action relative thereto. 
(Inserted by Planning Board). 

Section 26. STREET NUMBERS: Street numbers shall 
be provided for each dwelling, each business building 



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and each industrial building by the builder in accord- 
ance with the following: 

1. The numbers shall be at least three (3) inches in 
height and shall be clearly visible from the street 
or roadway upon which the house faces. The num- 
bers shall be placed on the structure itself or on a 
suitable support near the main entrance to the 
structure. 

2. The numbers shall be those shown on the approved 
definitive plan, in the case of a sub-division, or as 
assigned by the Building Inspector in the case of a 
structure built on an existing Town Way. 

Article 14. To see if the Town will vote to adopt the 
following By-Law, or take any other action relative thereto: 
Street Numbering By-Law: Street numbers shall be provided 
for each dwelling, each business building and each industrial 
building by the owner of such structures by September 30, 
1959 in accordance with the following: 

1. The numbers shall be at least three (3) inches in 
height and shall be clearly visible from the street or 
roadway upon which the house faces. The numbers 
shall be placed on the structure itself or on a suitable 
support near the main entrance to the structure. 

2. The numbers shall be those which have been in cur- 
rent use, except as discussed in Section 3 below. If 
the structure has not been previously assigned a 
street number, it shall be the owner's responsibility 
to obtain such a number from the office of the Select- 
men of the Town of Acton during regular office hours. 

3. If a survey of street numbering is completed; and if 
changes in street numbering are required in order 
to implement the approved result of this survey ; then 
the owners of the affected structures shall make the 
required changes within three (3) months of receiv- 
ing proper notification. Numbers shall be installed as 
outhned in Section 1 above. 

4. The enforcement of this By-Law shall be in the 
jurisdiction of the Selectmen of the Town of Acton. 
Failure to comply with this regulation shall subject 
the offending property owner to a fine not exceeding 
ten dollars ($10.00). 

(Inserted by Planning Board). 



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Article 15. To see if the Town will authorize the Select- 
men to purchase, take by eminent domain or otherwise 
acquire for the Town for use as a recreation area, a tract 
of land containing approximately twenty-one and forty-four 
hundredths (21.44) acres more or less with the buildings, 
mills, mill privileges and water power standing thereon or 
connected therewith and all other rights appurtenant thereto, 
which property is situated in the Northeasterly part of Acton 
or the Northerly and Southerly side of the New York, New 
Haven and Hartford Railroad. Said property is shown as 
Parcel A containing nineteen and seventy hundredths (19.70) 
acres more or less and Parcel B containing one and seventy- 
four hundredths (1.74) acres more or less on a Plan entitled 
"Compiled Plan of David Morrison Property in Acton, Mass. 
For Proposed Recreation Area by Harlan E. Tuttle, Surveyor, 
November 15, 1958" a copy of which Plan is on file with the 
Town Clerk; this property is beheved to belong to David 
Morrison ; and to see if the Town will appropriate the sum of 
four thousand two hundred (4,200) dollars, or any other sum, 
therefor, to be provided by taxation, by appropriation from 
available funds in the treasury, by borrowings under Chapter 
44 of the General Laws as amended or otherwise, or take any 
action relative thereto. (Inserted by Recreation Commission). 

The Finance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$4,200.00 he raised and appropriated. 



Article 16. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$5,000.00, or any other sum, for the preliminary preparation 
of a recreation area, or take any other action relative thereto. 
(Inserted by Recreation Commission). 

The Finance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$5,000.00 he raised and appropriated. 



Article 17. To see if the Town will appropriate the sum 
of $2,000.00 from the Cemetery Land Fund for Mt. Hope 
Cemetery, for the purpose of clearing, grading and laying out 
new sections for cemetery lots, and to authorize said Cemetery 
Commissioners to do anything necessary, proper or expedient 
for carrying out the above purposes, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$2,000.00 he appropriated from the Cemetery Land Fund. 



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Article 18. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$250.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of a chain saw 
for the Cemetery Department, or take any other action rela- 
tive thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$250.00 he appropriated from Surplus Revenue. 



Article 19. To see whether the Town will vote to accept 
the following- amendment to the ''Agreement for a Regional 
School District for the Towns of Acton and Boxborough, 
dated as of March 10, 1955," as previously amended, namely. 

To delete Section 1 of the said Agreement in its entirety 
and substitute the following new Section 1, viz. ; 

"SECTION 1. MEMBERSHIP OF THE REGIONAL 
DISTRICT SCHOOL COMMITTEE. 

A. The Regional District School Committee, hereinafter 
referred to as the 'Committee,' shall consist of nine 
members, six from the Town of Acton and three 
from the Town of Boxborough. 

B. As long as the school committees of the Towns of 
Acton and Boxborough shall consist, respectively, of 
six and three members, election to membership on 
the local school committee of the member towns 
shall constitute election to membership on the Com- 
mittee. 

C. A majority of the members of the full membership 
of the Committee shall constitute a quorum for the 
transaction of business. 

D. The Committee shall have all the powers and duties 
conferred and imposed upon school committees by 
law and conferred and imposed upon it by this 
Agreement, and such additional powers and duties 
as are specified in Section 6 to 16 I, inclusive, of 
Chapter 71 of the General Laws, any amendments 
thereof or additions thereto now or hereafter enacted, 
or as may be specified in any applicable special law." 

Article 20. To see whether the Town will vote to accept 
the following amendment to the "Agreement for a Regional 
School District for the Towns of Acton and Boxborough, 
dated as of March 10, 1955," as previously amended, namely. 



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To delete section 10 of the said Agreement in its entirety 
and substitute the following new Section 10, viz., 

''SECTION 10. NOTICE OF DEBT AUTHORIZATION. 

''Notice of debt authorization shall be given in accordance 
with the provisions of Section 16 I of Chapter 71 of the 
General Laws, as amended, or as the same may be 
amended." 



Article 21. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$2,500.00, or any other sum, for the payment of vocational 
tuition and transportation according to the provisions of 
Chapter 74 of the General Laws, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$2,500.00 he raised and appropriated. 

Article 22. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$500.00, or any other sum, to establish a special Water 
Safety Account for the support of the Water Safety Program 
which is jointly sponsored by the Red Cross and the School 
Department, or take any other action relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$500.00 he raised and appropriated. 

Article 23. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the 
Board of Selectmen to appoint an executive secretary in 
accordance with Section 23A of Chapter 41 of the General 
Laws, as amended, or as the same may be amended, and to 
raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the 
sum of $3,500.00, or any other sum, for the payment of 
salary for such executive secretary, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

The recommendations of the Finance Committee will he 
presented to the Town at a later date. 



Article 24. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$6,000.00, or any other sum, for Chapter 90 Construction of 
Powder Mill Road, South Acton from the Maynard-Acton Line 
easterly to bridge approach, a distance of approximately 1,450 



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feet; said money to be used in conjunction with ^6,000.00 to 
be allotted by the County and $12,000.00 to be allotted by the 
State, or take any other action relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$6,000.00 he raised and appropriated, this sum to he used in 
conjunction with $6,000.00 from the County and $12,000.00 
from the State. 

Article 25. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate 
from the Surplus Revenue Account the amount of the State's 
and County's allotments for highways under Chapters 81 and 
90; provided that the reimbursement be credited back to the 
Surplus Revenue Account, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends approval of this 
Article. 



Article 26. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$500.00, or any other sum, to widen the approach to Charter 
Road from Massachusetts Avenue (Route 111), or take any 
other action relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$500.00 he raised and appropriated. 

Article 27. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$1,800.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of a pickup 
truck for the Highway Department, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$1,800.00 he appropriated from Surplus Revenue. 



Article 28. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$1,500.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of a compressor 
for the Highway Department, or take any other action rela- 
tive thereto. 

The Finance Committee does not recommend approval of 
this Article. We feel that the money tvould he of more value 
to the Town if used this year for a more extensive road 
surfacing program. 



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Article 29. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$500.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of a mud pump 
for the Highway Department, or take any other action rela- 
tive thereto. 

The Finance Committee does not recommend approval of 
this Article. We feel that the money ivould he of more value 
to the Town if used this year for a more extensive road 
surfacing program. 



Article 30. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$600.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of a two-way 
radio for Highway Department truck, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee does not recommend approval of 
this Article. We feel that the money would he of more value 
to the Town if used this year for a more extensive road 
surfacing program. 



Article 31. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$700.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of a snow plow 
for the Highway Department, or take any other action rela- 
tive thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$700.00 he appropriated from Surplus Revenue. 



Article 32. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$605.00, or any other sum, for the purchase and installation 
of twelve (12) speed limit signs and additional street name 
signs, or take any other action relative thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$605.00 he raised and appropriated. 



Article 33. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$6,300.00, or any other sum, for the purpose of repairing and 
hot topping the Town Hall driveways, elimination of front 
circular drive and installation of septic tank and leaching 
field, or take any other action relative thereto. 



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The recommendations of the Finance Committee will he 
submitted at a later date. 



Article 34. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate 
the balance of Chapter 718 money to eliminate the dangerous 
condition caused by ledge in Taylor Road approximately 500 
feet southerly of Main Street, or take any other action rela- 
tive thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$3,031.40 be transferred from Unexpended Appropriation 
Balance under Chapter 718 for this purpose. 

Article 35. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$200.00 as its contribution to the West and South Water 
Supply District of Acton toward the cost of extending a six- 
inch water main from Hosmer Street to the Acton town dump 
on Massachusetts Avenue, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$200.00 be raised and appropriated. 

Article 36. To see if the Town will vote to adopt the 
following By-Law: 

''All owners of land whereon is located an abandoned well 
or a well in use, must either provide a covering for such 
well capable of sustaining a weight of three hundred pounds 
or fill the same to the level of the ground. The penalty for 
the violation of this By-Law shall be a fine of not less than 
one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars. 

or take any other action relative thereto. (Inserted by Board 

of Health). 

The Finance Committee recommends approval of this 
Article. 



Article 37. To see if the Town will authorize the Modera- 
tor to appoint a Committee, to be known as the Town 
Sewerage Committee; said Committee to be composed of five 
members with two members to be appointed from the Board 
of Health, one member to be appointed from the Board of 
Selectmen, one member to be appointed from the Planning 
Board and one member to be appointed from the Town at 
large; if vacancies should occur, then such vacancies are to 



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be filled by the Moderator in conformity with the afore- 
mentioned provisions; said Committee to study the general 
overall sewerage situation in the Town and the need or 
feasibility of a municipal sewerage system; said Committee 
to report its findings and recommendations to the next Special 
Town Meeting or to the next Annual Town Meeting, or take 
any other action relative thereto. (Inserted by Board of 
Health). 

The Finance Committee does not recommend approval of 
this Article. We feel that the scope of this proposed com- 
mittee is included in the study proposed under Article 11. 



And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting 
attested copies thereof seven days at least before the time 
of said meeting in not less than six public places in the Town 
to be designated by the Board of Selectmen. 

Hereof fail not and make due return of this v/arrant with 
your doings thereon to the Town Clerk at or before the time 
of meeting as aforesaid. 

Given under our hands at Acton this twenty-seventh day 
of January, 1959. 

MARTIN S. MEIGS, Jr., 
CHARLES D. MacPHERSON, 
LAWRENCE DONNELLY, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



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28 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 

RECORD OF TOWN ELECTION 
HELD MARCH 3. 1958 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Whole number of votes east 313 403 563 1,279 



MODERATOR, one year 

William B. Clewley 38 91 56 185 

James Edward Kinsley 137 194 281 612 

Craig E. Lundberg 125 104 218 447 

Blanks 13 14 8 35 

TOWN CLERK, one year 

Charles M. MaeRae 277 366 507 1,150 

Seattered 2 2 

Blanks 36 37 54 127 

SELECTMAN, three years 

Charles D. MaePherson 215 258 380 853 

John F. Canessa 93 139 175 407 

Blanks 5 6 8 19 

ASSESSOR, three years 

Carl C Flint 249 360 417 1,026 

John W. Mahoney 53 41 135 229 

Blanks 11 2 11 24 

BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE, three years 

Raymond A. Gallant 287 368 538 1,193 

Blanks 26 35 25 86 

TREASURER, one year 

William Henry Soar 281 365 528 1,174 

Seattered 1 1 

Blanks 32 38 34 104 

TOWN COLLECTOR, one year 

Charles M. MaeRae 277 364 520 l,l6l 

Scattered 1 1 

Blanks 36 39 42 117 



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SCHOOL COMMITTEE, three years 

George E. Neagle 224 292 403 919 

Lloyd E. Williamson 237 274 383 894 

Arthur W. Letzeisen 73 100 217 390 

Blanks 92 140 123 355 

CONSTABLES, one year 

Edward J. Collins, ]r 275 370 516 l,l6l 

Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr 290 362 530 1,182 

T. Frederick S. Kennedy 273 357 503 1,133 

David W. Scribner 285 357 517 1,159 

Scattered 1 4 5 

Blanks 128 166 182 476 

CEMETERY COMMISSIONER, three years 

Howard F. Jones 287 362 516 1,165 

Blanks 26 41 47 114 

CEMETERY COMMISSIONER, two years to fill vacancy 

Harlan E. Tuttle 278 376 531 1,185 

Blanks 35 27 32 94 

BOARD OF HEALTH, three years 

Donnell W. Boardman 165 168 285 618 

Edward J. Higgins GG 155 130 351 

John F. McLaughlin 68 67 139 274 

Blanks 14 13 9 36 

BOARD OF HEALTH, one year to fill vacancy 

Clayton L. Hagy 142 175 129 446 

Robert C. Heustis 106 153 347 606 

Blanks 65 75 87 227 

TRUSTEE OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY, three years 

Roland R. MacLean 266 354 501 1,121 

Blanks 47 49 62 158 

TRUSTEE OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY, one year to fill vacancy 

Florence W. Durkee 188 197 266 651 

Louise M. Gardiner 88 88 160 336 

Norman R. Veenstra 24 103 115 242 

Blanks 13 15 22 50 



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PLANNING BOARD, five years 

David P. Tinker 276 363 496 1,135 

Scattered 1 4 5 

Blanks 37 39 63 139 

PLANNING BOARD, one year to fill vacancy 

Edward W. Mann 198 194 145 537 

David G. Stuart 95 152 370 617 

Blanks 20 57 48 125 

TREE WARDEN, one year 

Franklin H. Charter 293 369 539 1,201 

Blanks 20 34 24 78 



ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 

MARCH 10, 1958 

Article 1. To choose all necessary Town Officers and Committees 
and fix the salaries and compensation of all the elective officers of the 
Town. 

Chose: Helen B. Wood trustee of the Elizabeth White Fund for 
three years. 

Chose: James B. Wilson trustee of the West Acton Firemen's 
Relief Fund for three years. 

Chose: Herbert W. Merriam trustee of the Acton Firemen's Relief 
Fund for three years. 

Chose: Thelma L. Boatman trustee of the Goodnow Fund for three 
years and James N. Gates trustee of the Goodnow Fund for two years 
to fill vacancy. 

Voted: That the salary of the Moderator be fifteen dollars for 
one evening and ten dollars for each subsequent evening of the annual 
meeting and ten dollars for each special meeting. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen 
be six hundred dollars and the other members three hundred dollars 
each for the calendar year 1958. 

Voted: That the salary of the Town Clerk be one thousand seventy- 
five dollars for the calendar year 1958. 

Voted: That the salary of the Town Treasurer be fourteen hundred 
seventy-five dollars for the calendar year 1958. 



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Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of Assessors 
be three thousand dollars and the other members eight hundred dollars 
each for the calendar year 1958. 

Voted: That the salar)' of the Town Collector be twenty-one 
hundred fifty dollars for the calendar year 1958. 

Voted: That the salar)- of the Tree Warden be fixed at $1.75 
per hour for the first three months and SI. 8 5 per hour for the last 
nine months plus 75 cents per hour for use of truck for the calendar 
year 1958. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of Public 
Welfare be one hundred twenty-five dollars and the other members 
seventy-five dollars each for the calendar year 1958. 

Voted: That the salar)' of the Chairman of the Board of Health 
be one hundred twent)'-five dollars and the other members sevent}'-five 
dollars each for the calendar year 1958. 



Article 2. To see if the Town will vote to accept the several 
reports of the Town Officers and Boards, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To accept the several reports of the Town 
Officers and Boards. 



Article 3. To hear and act upon the reports of any Committees 
chosen at any previous Town Meeting that have not already reported. 

Report of War Memorial Committee read. 

Voted: That thic report be accepted as a report of progress. 

RESOLVED: That it shall be the sense of this meeting that the 
citizens of the Town of Acton at the Annual Town Meeting, March 10, 
1958, wish to be recorded as extending their sincere thanks to Mr. Albert 
P. Durkee for his faithful and patient service as Town Moderator from 
1933 to 1958. 

Above was voted unanimously. 

Charles D. MacPherson, of the Board of Selectmen, presented 
Mr. Durkee with a gavel in recognition of his service to the Town. 



Article 4. To see what sums of money the Town will vote to 
raise and appropriate to defray the necessary expenses of the several 
departments of the Town and determined how the same shall be raised. 

Voted: That the following sums of money be appropriated for the 
several purposes hereinafter designated and that the same be expended 
only for those purposes under the direction of the respective boards, 
committees, or officers of the Town as follows, and that the total money 



32 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 

shall be made available by an appropriation of $56,600.00 from the 

Surplus Revenue Account and that the remainder be raised in the 1958 
Tax Levy. 

General Government 

1 Moderator $75.00 

2 Finance Committee Expense 75.00 

3 Selectmen's Salaries 1,200.00 

4 Selectmen's Expenses 750.00 

5 Town Office Clerical — Wages 11,900.00 

6 Town Accountant — Salary 1,475.00 

7 Expenses 200.00 

8 Treasurer — Salary 1,475.00 

9 Expenses 400.00 

9A Notes and Bonds Issues — Expenses 1,060.97 

10 Town Collector — Salary 2,150.00 

11 Expenses 850.00 

12 Assessors' Salaries 4,600.00 

13 Expenses 400.00 

14 Town Clerk — Salary 1,075.00 

15 Expenses 300.00 

16 Elections and Registrations 

Salaries and Wages 2,740.00 

17 Expenses 860.00 

18 Legal Services — Board of Selectmen 500.00 

19 Planning Board — Expenses 400.00 

20 Services and Fees 1,500.00 

21 Total General Government $33,985.97 

Buildings and Grounds 

22 Buildings and Grounds — Wages $3,450.00 

23 Expenses 4,000.00 

24 Total Buildings and Grounds $7,450.00 

Protection of Persons and Property 

25 Police — Salaries and Wages $37,055.00 

26 Expenses including Cruiser Operation 

and Uniforms 6,235.00 

27 Fire Department — Salaries and Wages .... 13,620.00 

28 Expenses 9,180.00 

29 Fire Alarm System — Salaries and Wages 5,000.00 

30 Expenses 1,150.00 

31 Fire Hydrant Rental 11,600.00 

32 Sealer of Weights and Measures — Salary 

and Travel 350.00 

33 Expenses 50.00 

34 Moth Department Chapter 660 — Wages 1,000.00 

35 Expenses including Poison Ivy 1,900.00 



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36 Dutch Elm Disease Control — Chapter 761 

— Wages 1,450.00 

37 Expenses 150.00 

38 Town Forest — Maintenance 100.00 

39 Shade Tree Replacement 375.00 

40 Tree Warden — Wages 2,550.00 

41 Expenses 750.00 

42 Wire Inspector — Salary and Travel 900.00 

43 Expenses 100.00 

44 Building Inspector — Wages and Travel 2,200.00 

45 Expenses 100.00 

46 Dog Officer — Wages and Travel 400.00 

47 Building Committee — Expenses 50.00 

48 Total Protection S96,265.00 

Health and Sanitation 

49 Board of Health — Salaries $275.00 

50 Expenses 950.00 

51 Secretary — Salary 2,600.00 

52 Town Nurse — Salary 3,640.00 

53 Expenses 960.00 

54 Assistant Nurse — Wages 500.00 

55 Board of Health Agent and Assistant 

Agent — Wages 3,415.00 

56 Expenses 750.00 

57 Laboratory Fees 300.00 

58 Custodian - — Town Dump — Wages 3,240.00 

59 Assistant Custodian — Town Dump — 

Wages 1,248.00 

60 Expenses 1,400.00 

61 Hospital and State Sanitorium 2,500.00 

62 Medical Supplies 175.00 

63 School Clinic 1,200.00 

64 Garbage Collection 8,845.00 

65 Inspector of Animals — Salary 150.00 

66 Expenses 30.00 

67 Plumbing Inspector — Wages 1,200.00 

68 Total Health and Sanitation $33,378.00 

Highways 

69 Village Highways $6,500.00 

70 Drainage 9,500.00 

71 Chapter 81 Highways 9,800.00 

72 Chapter 90 Highways 2,000.00 

73 Snow Removal 25,000.00 

74 Traffic Signs — Lines 1,000.00 



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75 Highway Vacations and Holidays 2,050.00 

76 Street Lighting 8,100.00 

77 Total Highway $63,950.00 

Charities 

78 Welfare District Administration and Wel- 

fare Board Salaries $3,000.00 

79 General Relief and Disability Assistance .... 5,000.00 

80 Old Age Assistance 41,000.00 

81 Aid to Dependent Children 6,500.00 

82 Total Charities $55,500.00 

Veterans' Aid 

83 Veterans' Benefits — Salary $500.00 

84 Expenses 250.00 

85 Veterans' Benefits Expenditures 10,000.00 

86 Veterans' Services 300.00 

87 Expenses 25.00 

88 Total Veterans' Aid $11,075.00 

Education 

Local Schools 

89 Instruction $164,075.00 

90 Textbooks and Supplies 8,775.00 

91 Plant Operation 18,650.00 

92 Blanchard Auditorium 9,380.00 

93 Maintenance 2,500.00 

94 Auxiliary Agencies 18,970.00 

95 General Control 7,400.00 

96 Outlay 3,000.00 

97 Contingency Fund 400.00 

98 Total Local School Budget $233,150.00 

Regional School 

99 Instruction $136,181.01 

100 Textbooks and Supplies 8,220.96 

101 Plant Operation 27,280.00 

102 Maintenance 1,672.00 

103 Auxiliary Agencies 11,771.20 

104 General Control 7,295.20 

105 Outlay 440.00 

106 Contingency Fund 176.00 

107 Adult Education 

108 Total Regional School Budget $193,036.37 

109 Total Education $426,186.37 



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Libraries 

110 Libraries — Salaries and Wages $4,030.00 

111 Expenses 1,400.00 

112 Books , 660.00 

113 Total Libraries $6,090.00 

Recreation 

114 Playgrounds — Wages $1,000.00 

115 Expenses 1,000.00 

116 Total Recreation $2,000.00 

Cemeteries 

117 Cemeteries — Salaries and Wages $13,040.00 

118 Expenses 2,500.00 

119 Total Cemeteries $15,540.00 

Other Classified Expenses 

120 Town Reports $2,295.00 

121 Workmen's Compensation 3,500.00 

122 Surety Bonds 800.00 

123 Archives Committee — Expenses 500.00 

124 Fire Insurance — Town Buildings 2,450.00 

125 Memorial Day 650.00 

126 Pension Fund 4,338.47 

127 Pension Fund Expenses 224.70 

128 Military Service Fund 21.77 

129 Board of Appeals — Expenses 100.00 

130 Miscellaneous 1,500.00 

131 Total Other Classified Expenses $16,379.94 

Amortization and Interest Requirements for 
the Bonded Indebtedness of the Town and 
the Regional School District 

132 Julia McCarthy Elementary School Maturing 

Debt $15,000.00 

133 Interest 4,300.00 

134 Blanchard Auditorium — Maturing Debt 20,000.00 

135 Interest 400.00 

136 Regional School — Maturing Debt 8,672.36 

137 Interest 39,216.00 

138 Surface Drainage Mohawk Drive and 

Seneca Road Maturing Debt 5,000.00 

139 Interest 87.50 

140 Anticipation of Revenue Notes — Interest 800.00 

141 West Acton Fire House — Maturing Debt 12,000.00 



36 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 

142 Interest 1,980.00 

143 New Elementary School — Maturing Debt 45,000.00 

144 Interest 30,240.00 

145 Total Amortization and Interest Require- 

ments $182,695.86 

Total Budget §950,496.14 

Special Articles 

Art. 7. Insurance $725.00 

Art. 8. Officer and Employee Insurance 1,350.00 

Art. 9. Boiler and Machinery Insurance 718.61 

Art. 10. New Construction (Main Street) 7,500.00 

Art. 14. Sidewalk Repairs 500.00 

Art. 17. Painting Town Hall (outside) 2,600.00 

Art. 18. Build Conference Room 900.00 

Art. 19. Paint exterior Center Fire Station 875.00 

Art. 21. Stabilization Fund 6,000.00 

Art. 23. Furnish and Complete new Fire Station 

at West Acton 10,500.00 

Art. 25. West and South Water Supply District 

— Hosmer Street 200.00 

Art. 28. Vocational Tuition and Transportation 2,500.00 

Art. 29. Water Safety Account 500.00 

Art. 32. Mosquito Control Spraying 2,000.00 

Art. 34. Unpaid Bill 500.00 

Art. 39. Archives Committee 1,000.00 

Art. 41. Purchase Cemetery Land (Mt. Hope) 3,000.00 

Total to be raised and appropriated 

under Special Articles $41,368.61 

Transfers 

From Overlay Surplus and Surplus Revenue 

To 

Art. 4. Budget $56,600.00 

Art. 6. Reserve Fund 6,000.00 



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Art. 11. Highways 41,450.00 

Art. 16. Truck and Snow Plow 9,950.00 

Art. 20. Fire Chief's Car 2,800.00 

Art. 24. Auxiliary Power Unit (Fire) 350.00 

Art. 26. Police Cruisers 3,500.00 

Art. 27. Assessors' Adding Machine 350.00 



$121,000.00 



Other Transfers: 

From 

To 

Art. 12. From Machinery Fund 

To Machinery Account $7,500.00 

Art. 15. From Machiner)^ Fund 

To Purchase Sander Body 2,500.00 

Art. 22. From Stabilization Fund 

To Purchase Fire Truck 16,000.00 

Art. 37. From ]. McCarthy Elementary School 
Const. 
To Acton Elementary School Const. 729.33 

Art. 42. From Cemeter}^ Land Fund 

To Harry R. Grimes 50.00 

Art. 42. From Cemeter)^ Perpetual Care 

To Harr)^ R. Grimes 100.00 

Art. 43. Cemetery Land Fund 

To Benjamin H. Sawyer 10.00 



$26,889.33 



Total Transfers $147,889.33 

Grand Total $1,083,154.08 



Article 5. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Town 
Treasurer with the approval of the Board of Selectmen to borrow money 
from time to time in anticipation of the revenue of the financial year 
beginning January 1, 1958 and to issue a note or notes therefor, payable 
within one year, and to renew any note or notes as may be given for a 
period of less than one year in accordance with Section 17, Chapter 44, 
General Laws, or take anv other action relative thereto. 



38 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Voted Unanimously: To authorize the Town Treasurer with the 
approval of the Board of Selectmen to borrow money from time to time 
in anticipation of the revenue of the financial year beginning January 1, 
1958 and to issue a note or notes therefor, payable within one year, and 
to renew any note or notes as may be given for a period of less than 
one year in accordance with Section 17, Chapter 44, General Laws. 

Article 6. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or 
appropriate from available funds the sum of $6,000.00 as a Reserve Fund, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: That the sum of $6,000.00 be appropriated 
from the Overlay Surplus Account to be used as a Reserve Fund. 

Article 7. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of $4,500.00, or any other sum, to pay the cost of insurance 
against the various hazards described in an insurance report submitted to 
the Selectmen dated January 27, 1956. This sum, or any part thereof, 
to be expended at the discretion of the Selectmen after consultation with 
the Finance Committee and the remainder, if any, to revert to the 
Surplus Revenue Account, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of $725.00 
to pay the cost of fire insurance on contents, not already covered, in 
Town owned buildings and for Town owned equipment in several 
private owned homes. 

Article 8. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $1,200.00, or any other 
sum, to pay the cost of effecting insurance providing indemnity for or 
protection to any officer or employee of the Town against loss by reason 
of his liabilit}' to pay damages to others for bodily injuries, including 
death at any time resulting therefrom, or for damage to property caused 
by operation, within the scope of his official duties or employment, of 
motor or other vehicles owned by the Town as provided by the provi- 
sions of General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5, Subsection 1, as amended, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of 
$1,350.00 to pay the cost of effecting insurance providing indemnity 
for or protection to any officer or employee of the Town against loss by 
reason of his liability to pay damages to others for bodily injuries, 
including death at any time resulting therefrom, or for damage to 
property caused by operation, within the scope of his official duties or 
employment, of motor or other vehicles owned by the Town as provided 
by the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5, Subsection 1, 
as amended. 

Article 9. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $590.40, or any other 



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sum, to pay the cost of obtaining coverage of various objects suitable 
for insurance under a boiler and machinery policy, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $718.61 to pay the 
cost of obtaining coverage of various objects suitable for insurance under 
a boiler and machinery policy. 



Article 10. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $7,500.00 for Chapter 90 
Construction of Main Street, South Acton from Central Street northerly 
to Prospect Street, a distance of approximately 2,400 feet; said money to 
be used in conjunction with $7,500.00 to be allotted by the County and 
$15,000.00 to be allotted by the State, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of 
$7,500.00 for Chapter 90 Construction of Main Street, South Acton 
from Central Street northerly to Prospect Street, a distance of approxi- 
mately 2,400 feet; said money to be used in conjunction with $7,500.00 
to be allotted by the County and $15,000.00 to be allotted by the State. 



Article 11. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from the 
Surplus Revenue Account the amount of the State's and County's allot- 
ments for highways under Chapters 81 and 90; provided that the reim- 
bursement be credited back to the Surplus Revenue Account, or take any 
other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue 
Account the sum of $41,450.00 provided that the reimbursement be 
credited back to the Surplus Revenue Account. This sum to be made up 
as follows: 

Chapter 81 Maintenance State $15,950.00 

Chapter 90 Maintenance State 1,500.00 

Chapter 90 Maintenance County 1,500.00 

New Construction State 15,000.00 

New Construction Count)- 7,500.00 



$41,450.00 



Article 12. To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of 
$7,500.00 from the Machinery Fund to the Machinery Account, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To transfer the sum of $7,500.00 from the 
Machinery Fund to the Machiner)' Account. 



Article 13. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $12,500.00, or any other 



40 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



sum, for specific repairs to Nagog Hill Road from Hammond Street 
southerly a distance of approximately 800 feet, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Motion: To raise and appropriate the sum of $12,500.00 for 
specific repairs to Nagog Hill Road from Hammond Street southerly a 
distance of approximately 800 feet. 



Motion did not prevail. 



Article 14. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $500.00, or any other 
sum, for sidewalk repairs, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $500.00 for sidewalk 
repairs. 



Article 15. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $2,500.00, or any other 
sum, for the purchase of a Sander Body for the Highway Department, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Machinery Fund the sum of 
$2,500.00 for the purchase of a Sander Body for the Highway Depart- 
ment. 



Article 16. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $9,950.00, or any other 
sum, for the purchase of a truck and snow plow for the Highway 
Department, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account the 
sum of $9,950.00 for the purchase of a new truck and a new snow plow 
for the Highway Department; and that the Board of Selectmen be 
authorized to trade in or sell the old 1941 Highway truck. 



Article 17. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $2,600.00, or any other 
sum, for the painting of the exterior of the Town Hall, or take any 
other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $2,600.00 for the 
painting of the exterior of the Town Hall. 



Article 18. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $900.00, or any other 
sum, for the construction and furnishing of a conference room in the 
Town Hall, or take any other action relative thereto. 



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Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $900.00 for the con- 
struction and furnishing of a conference room in the Town Hall. 



Article 19. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $875.00, or any other 
sum, for the painting of the exterior of the Center Fire Station, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $875.00 for the 
painting of the exterior of the Center Fire Station. 



Article 20. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of $3,500.00, or any other sum, to purchase a motor vehicle for 
the use of the Fire Chief, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue 
Account the sum of $2,800.00 to purchase a motor vehicle for the use 
of the Fire Chief. 



Article 21. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $6,000.00, or any other 
sum, to be set aside as a Stabilization Fund, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of 
$6,000.00 to be set aside as a Stabilization Fund. 



Article 22. To see if the Town will vote to transfer from the 
Stabilization Fund the sum of $16,000.00, or any other sum, for the 
purchase of a fire truck, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To transfer from the Stabilization Fund the 
sum of $16,000.00 to purchase a new fire truck. 



Article 23. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
a sum of money to furnish and complete work at the New Fire Station 
at West Acton, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of 
$10,500.00 to complete the New Fire Station at West Acton. 



Article 24. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $350.00, or any other 
sum, for the purchase of an auxiliary power unit for fire alarm head- 
quarters, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of 
$350.00 to purchase an auxiliary power unit for fire alarm headquarters. 



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Article 25. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds, the sum of $200.00 as its contribu- 
tion to the West and South Water Supply District of Acton toward the 
cost of extending a six inch water main from Hosmer Street to the Acton 
town dump on Massachusetts Avenue, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of $200.00 
as its contribution to the West and South Water Supply District of Acton 
toward the cost of extending a six inch water main from Hosmer Street 
to the Acton town dump on Massachusetts Avenue. 

Article 26. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $3,500.00, or any other 
sum, for the purchase of two police cruisers for the Police Department, 
to be purchased at approximately six month intervals, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum 
of $3,500.00 for the purchase of two new cruisers for the Police Depart- 
ment and that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to trade in or sell 
the two present cruisers. 

Article 27. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $350.00, or any other 
sum, for the purchase of an adding machine for the Board of Assessors, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum 
of $350.00 for the purchase of an adding machine for the Board of 
Assessors. 



Article 28. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or 
appropriate from available funds the sum of $2,500.00, or any other sum, 
for the payment of vocational tuition and transportation according to the 
provisions of Chapter 74 of the General Laws, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of 
$2,500.00 for the payment of vocational tuition and transportation 
according to the provisions of Chapter 74 of the General Laws. 



Article 29. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $500.00, or any other 
sum, to establish a special Water Safety Account for the support of the 
Water Safety Program which is jointly sponsored by the Red Cross and 
the School Department, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $500.00 to establish 
a special Water Safety Account for the support of the Water Safety 



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Program which is jointly sponsored by the Red Cross and the School 
Department. 

Article 30. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Audi- 
torium and Gymnasium Building Committee to pay from its available 
funds an unpaid bill from the West and South Water Supply District of 
Acton for $95.44 for repairs to a frozen water meter in 1954 and 1955, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To authorize the Auditorium and Gymnasium Building 
Committee to pay from its available funds an unpaid bill from the 
West and South Water Supply District of Acton for S95.44 for repairs 
to a frozen water meter in 1954 and 1955. 



Article 31. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective 
Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by rezoning from residential to 
industrial, land in South Acton, said propert)- running approximately 600 
feet South along Main Street (Route 27), from propert)^ owned by 
Harold White to an existing right of way; Westerly to right of way 
of the Boston and Maine Railroad approximately 198 feet; Northerly 
approximately 330 feet, and back to Main Street, a distance of approxi- 
mately 200 feet, as petitioned to us by Earle W. Tuttle, or take any 
other action relative thereto. (Inserted by Planning Board) 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: Robert Stow, Clyde 
Home, William Clewley, Alice Duren, Thomas Wetherbee and Robert 
Sweeney. 

Voted: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of 
Acton by rezoning from residential to industrial, land in South Acton, 
said propert)' running approximately 600 feet South along Main Street 
(Route 27), from propert)- owned by Harold White to an existing right 
of way; Westerly to right of way of the Boston and Maine Railroad 
approximately 198 feet; Northerly approximately 330 feet, and back to 
Main Street, a distance of approximately 200 feet. 

Hand vote. Total— 385. Yes — 275. No— 110. 
Needed to carr)- — 2562/3. 

11:40 P.M. Voted: To adjourn until 7:30 P.M. on Monday, 
March 17, 1958. 



Monday, March 17, 1958. Moderator called meeting to order at 
30 P. M. 



Article 32. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of 53,000.00, or any other 
sum, for mosquito control spraying, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 



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Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $2,000.00 for mosquito 
control spraying. 



Article 33. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Town 
Treasurer to accept requests from Town employees for voluntary payroll 
deductions for Community Chests or United Funds under Section 17B 
of Chapter 180 of the General Laws, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Motion: To authorize the Town Treasurer to accept requests from 
Town employees for voluntary payroll deductions for Community Chests 
or United Funds under Section 17B of Chapter 180 of the General Laws. 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: Robert Stow, Robert 
Sweeney, Thomas Wetherbee, Charles Judd Farley, George Allen, and 
Percival Wood. 

Hand vote. Total — 88. Yes — 28. No — 60. 
Motion lost. 



Article 34. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $500.00, or any other 
sum, to pay the following unpaid bill, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Town of Concord — Hydrant Rental $500.00 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $500.00 to pay the 
following unpaid bill: 

Town of Concord — Hydrant Rental $500.00 

Article 35. To see if the Town will vote to accept Section 8 of 
Chapter 40 of the General Laws of Massachusetts which reads as follows: 

After acceptance of this Section or corresponding provisions 
of earlier laws as provided in Section 4 of Chapter 4, no proposed 
ordinance or by-law making a change in any existing zoning 
ordinance or by-law which has been unfavorably acted upon by a 
city council or town meeting shall be considered on its merits by 
the city council or town meeting within two years after the date 
of such unfavorable action unless the adoption of such proposed 
ordinance or by-law is recommended in the final report of the 
planning board or selectmen required by section 6. 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To accept Section 8 of Chapter 40 A of the General Laws of 
Massachusetts which reads as follows: 

After acceptance of this Section or corresponding provisions of 
earlier laws as provided in Section 4 of Chapter 4, no proposed 
ordinance or by-law making a change in any existing zoning ordi- 
nance or by-law which has been unfavorably acted upon by a city 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 45 



council or town meeting shall be considered on its merits by the 
city council or town meeting within two years after the date of such 
unfavorable action unless the adoption of such proposed ordinance 
or by-law is recommended in the final report of the planning board 
or selectmen required by section 6. 
Same tellers. 

Hand vote. Total — 121. Yes — 77. No — 44. 



Article 36. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of 
Selectmen to appoint a committee to make a comprehensive study of 
drainage and sewerage within the Town; said committee to have seven 
(7) members, including one member each from the Board of Selectmen, 
Planning Board and the Board of Health. Said committee to report to 
the next Annual Town Meeting. 

Motion made on this article failed to pass as shown by hand vote 
below. (Same tellers) 

Hand vote. Total — 120. Yes — 55. No — 65. 



Article 37. To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of 
$729.33, the balance of the Julia L. McCarthy Elementary School Con- 
struction Account, to the Acton Elementary School Construction Account, 
in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 44, Section 20 of the 
General Laws, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To transfer the sum of $729.33, the 
balance of the Julia L. McCarthy Elementary School Construction 
Account, to the Acton Elementary School Construction Account, in 
accordance with the provisions of Chapter 44, Section 20 of the General 
Laws. 



Article 38. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a gift a 
parcel of land owned by Alden C. Flagg, containing approximately one 
acre, located in the Easterly part of Acton on the Northerly side of 
Pope Road and more particularly bounded and described as follows: 

Beginning at a stake and stones at Pope Road at land now or 
formerly of Simon Hapgood; thence Westerly on said land now or 
formerly of Simon Hapgood about thirty-one (31) rods to a stake 
and stones; thence Northerly on land now or formerly of Franklin 
Wheeler eight (8) rods to a stake and stones; thence Easterly on 
land now or formerly of Reuben Wheeler twenty (20) rods to a 
stake and stones at land now or formerly of Franklin Wheeler; 
thence Southerly on said land now or formerly of Franklin Wheeler 
seven (7) rods to a stake and stones; thence Easterly about eleven 
(11) rods to Pope Road; thence Westerly on said Pope Road one 
(1) rod to the point of beginning. 
This land is a portion of the premises conveyed to Alden C. Flagg by 
deed of Lena A. Flagg which deed is dated June 18, 1943 and recorded 



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in the Middlesex South District Registry of Deeds in Book 6687, Page 
400, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To accept as a gift a parcel of land owned 
by Alden C. Flagg, containing approximately one acre, located in the 
Easterly part of Acton on the Northerly side of Pope Road and more 
particularly bounded and described as follows: 

Beginning at a stake and stones at Pope Road at land now or 
formerly of Simon Hapgood; thence Westerly on said laand now or 
formerly of Simon Hapgood about thirty-one (31) rods to a stake 
and stones; thence Northerly on land now or formerly of Franklin 
Wheeler eight (8) rods to a stake and stones; thence Easterly on 
land now or formerly of Reuben Wheeler twenty (20) rods to a 
stake and stones at land now or formerly of Franklin Wheeler; 
thence Southerly on said land now or formerly of Franklin Wheeler 
seven (7) rods to a stake and stones; thence Easterly about eleven 
(11) rods to Pope Road; thence Westerly on said Pope Road one 
(1) rod to the point of beginning. 

This land is a portion of the premises conveyed to Alden C. Flagg 
by deed of Lena A. Flagg which deed is dated June 18, 1943 and 
recorded in the Middlesex South District Registry of Deeds in Book 6687, 
Page 400. 



Article 39. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds in the Treasury, the sum of 
$1,000.00, or any other sum, to be expended by the Archives Committee 
appointed by the Board of Selectmen acting under authority of Article 20 
of the Special Town Meeting held on October 1, 1956, for the micro- 
filming, storage and preservation of Town documents and records, or 
take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of 
$1,000.00 to be expended by the Archives Committee appointed by the 
Board of Selectmen acting under authority of Article 20 of the Special 
Town Meeting held on October 1, 1956, for the microfilming, storage 
and preservation of Town documents and records. 



Article 40. To see if the Town will vote to accept the gift of 
$3,000.00 to it under paragraph 6 of the will of Carrie F. Wells, late of 
Acton, and to see if the Town will accept the provisions contained in 
said paragraph, which reads as follows: 

"Paragraph 6. To the Town of Acton the sum of $3,000.00 
for additional perpetual care of our lot in Woodlawn Cemetery, and 
for the supplying of flowers for each Memorial Day on our graves, 
and the cleaning of the stone on said Lot when necessary," 

Voted Unanimously: To accept the gift of $3,000.00 to the 
Town of Acton under Paragraph 6 of the Will of Carrie F. Wells, late 



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of Acton and that the Town vote to accept the provisions contained in 

said Paragraph which reads as follows: 

"Paragraph 6. To the Town of Acton the sum of $3,000.00 
for additional perpetual care of our lot in Woodlawn Cemetery, and 
for the supplying of flowers for each Memorial Day on our graves, 
and the cleaning of the stone on said Lot when necessary." 



Article 41. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Cemetery 
Commissioners to purchase or otherwise acquire for cemetery purposes 
a tract of land believed to belong to Pauline A. Mead, adjoining and 
near the Mount Hope Cemetery, containing approximately 29 acres as 
shown on a plan entitled "Land in West Acton Sur\^eyed for Hobart E. 
Mead by Horace F. Tuttle, 1922"; and to see if the Town will appro- 
priate a sum of money therefor to be provided by taxation, by appropria- 
tion from available funds in the Treasury, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To authorize the Cemetery Commissioners to 
purchase for the Town for Cemetery purposes a tract of land with all 
rights appurtenant thereto and with the trees thereon believed to belong 
to Pauline A. Mead situated adjoining the Mount Hope Cemetery. This 
property contains 29 acres and is shown as the Coffin Lot A, Coffin LotB, 
and the Holton Lot on a Plan entitled "Land in West Acton surv^eyed for 
Hobart E. Mead by Horace F. Tuttle, 1922". This property is bounded 
and described as follows: 

Beginning at a stone bound at land now or formerly of 
Richardson; thence turning and running South 36° 30' West along 
land of Mount Hope Cemetery a distance of Seven hundred ninety- 
eight and sixty hundredths (798.60) feet to a stone bound; thence 
turning and running North 55° West along said land of the 
Mount Hope Cernetery a distance of Five hundred eleven and five 
tenths (511.5) feet to a stone bound; thence turning and running 
South 30° 45' West along land now or formerly of Whitcomb and 
Wetherbee a distance of Five hundred sixty-one (561) feet to a 
stone bound; thence turning and running South 60° 45' West along 
land now or formerly of Wetherbee a distance of Four hundred 
ninety-three and thirty-five hundredths (493.35) feet to a point; 
thence turning and running South 2 7 1/4° West along land now or 
formerly of Wetherbee a distance of One hundred ninety-one and 
forty hundredths (191.40) feet to a point; thence turning and 
running South 20° East along land now or formerly of Whitcomb a 
distance of Ninety-nine (99) feet to a point; thence turning and 
running South 12° East along land now or formerly of Whitcomb 
a distance of Three hundred sixty-three (363) feet to a point; 
thence turning and running South 33° East along land now or 
formerly of Houghton a distance of One hundred thirty-two (132) 
feet to a point; thence turning and running South 741/7° East along 
land now or formerly of Houghton a distance of One hundred fifty 
and forty-eight hundredths (150.48) feet to a point; thence turning 



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and running North 36° 15' East along land now or formerly of 
Sisson a distance of One thousand two hundred sixty and sixty 
hundredths (1,260. 60) feet to a stone bound; thence turning and 
running South 57° 15' East along land now or formerly of Sisson 
a distance of Seven hundred (700) feet to a stake and stones; 
thence turning and running North 32° 45' East along land now or 
formerly of Sisson a distance of Two hundred eighty-three (283) 
feet more or less to a point at Fort Pond Brook ; thence turning and 
running in a Northwesterly and a Northeasterly direction along said 
Fort Pond Brook a distance of Nine hundred thirty-seven and five 
tenths (937.5) feet more or less to a point at said Fort Pond Brook; 
thence turning and running North 51° 15' West along land now or 
formerly of Richardson a distance of Four hundred ten (410) feet 
more or less to the point of beginning. 

And the Town raise and appropriate the sum of $3,000.00 
therefor. 



Article 42. To see if the Town will authorize the Cemetery Com- 
missioners to purchase Lots S-30 and S-31 located in the Mount Hope 
Cemetery, said lots believed to belong to Harry R. Grimes and to see if 
the Town will authorize the appropriation of $50.00 from the Cemetery 
Land Fund and $100.00 from the Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund for such 
purposes, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To authorize the Cemetery Commissioners to 
purchase Lots S-30 and S-31 located in the Mount Hope Cemetery, said 
lots believed to belong to Harry R. Grimes and that the Town appropriate 
the sum of $50.00 from the Cemetery Land Fund and $100.00 from the 
Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund for such purposes. 



Article 43. To see if the Town will authorize the Cemetery Com- 
missioners to purchase Lot 9, Section 5 located in the Mount Hope 
Cemetery, said Lot believed to belong to Benjamin H. Sawyer; and to 
see if the Town will authorize the appropriation of $10.00 from the 
Cemetery Land Fund for such purpose, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To authorize the Cemetery Commissioners to 
purchase Lot 9, Section 5 located in the Mount Hope Cemetery, said Lot 
believed to belong to Benjamin H. Sawyer and that the Town appropriate 
the sum of $10.00 from the Cemetery Land Fund for such purpose. 



Voted: To adjourn at 8:30 P.M. 

A true copy. Attest: 

CHARLES M. MacRAE, 

Tow)j Clerk. 



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RECORD OF SPECIAL TOWN ELECTION 
HELD JUNE 23. 1958 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Whole number of votes cast 196 320 261 777 

SELECTMAN 
To fill unexpired term ending March 1959 

Lawrence Donnelly 105 186 149 440 

Harold W. Flood 18 41 48 107 

Leo C. Cunningham, Jr 2 50 22 74 

Hayward S. Houghton 71 41 42 154 

Blanks 2 



ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 

NOVEMBER 17. 1958 



Article 1. To hear and act on the reports of any boards or com- 
mittees wishing to submit reports at this time. 

Voted: To accept the report of the Planning Board in regard to 
Street Numbering. 

7:42 P.M. Moderator called recess to move to Blanchard Audi- 
torium because the Regional High School Auditorium would not 
accommodate all voters present. 

8:15 P.M. Meeting called to order in Blanchard Auditorum. 

Voted: To accept the report of the Planning Board concerning 
Comprehensive Town Planning. 



Article 2. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective 
Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by rezoning from residential to 
industrial a piece of land on the northerly side of Main Street, Acton 
Center, comprised of approximately twenty acres, said land starting at the 
most easterly point on the property of Franklin Balduf on Main Street, 
thence easterly on Main Street for approximately 1,0321/3 feet to 
property owned by Augustine B. Conant and Brewster Conant, thence 
northwesterly for approximately 257.7 feet, thence northeasterly for 
approximately 767 feet along land owned by said Augustine B. Conant 
and Brewster Conant; thence westerly for approximately 814 feet along 
property owned by said Augustine B. Conant and Brewster Conant; 



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thence southerly for approximately 613 feet along land formerly owned 
by Edward B. McKinley; thence easterly for approximately 82 feet; 
thence southerly along land of Franklin Balduf to the starting point on 
Main Street, as petitioned to us by Paul M. McPherson and Wallace G. 
Warren, or take any other action relative thereto. (Inserted by the Plan- 
ning Board) 

Motion: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town 
of Acton by rezoning from residential to industrial a piece of land on 
the northerly side of Main Street, Acton Center, comprised of approxi- 
mately twenty acres, said land starting at the most easterly point on the 
property of Franklin Balduf on Main Street, thence easterly on Main 
Street for approximately 1,0321/3 feet to property owned by Augustine 
B. Conant and Brewster Conant, thence northwesterly for approximately 
257.7 feet, thence northeasterly for approximately 767 feet along land 
owned by said Augustine B. Conant and Brewster Conant; thence 
westerly for approximately 814 feet along property owned by said 
Augustine B. Conant and Brewster Conant; thence southerly for 
approximately 613 feet along land formerly owned by Edward B. 
McKinley; thence easterly for approximate 82 feet; thence southerly 
along land of Franklin Balduf to the starting point on Main Street. 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: Henry Erikson, Edmond 
J. McNiff, Dewey E. Boatman, Hayward S. Houghton, Frederick S. 
Whitcomb and Charlotte Wetherbee. 

Ballot vote. Total — 604. Yes — 400. No — 204. 

Needed to carry 402 2/3. Motion lost. 

(See reconsideration at adjourned session, November 24, 1958). 



Voted: To take up Articles 8 through 29. 



Article 8. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town Way 
the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town 
Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a 
twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled way extending in a north- 
easterly direction a distance of approximately thirteen hundred thirty-five 
(1,335) feet from the end of an already accepted street known as Oneida 
Road at New England Telephone and Telegraph Company pole number 
ten (10) to land now or formerly of Crimens Pacy, and said road to be 
maintained by the developer for a period of one year after acceptance, 
said road to be known as Oneida Road, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Article 8. Voted Unanimously: To accept as a Town Way the 
road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, 
said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four 
(24) foot or more travelled way extending in a northeasterly direction a 
distance of approximately thirteen hundred thirty-five (1,335) feet 



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from the end of an already accepted street known as Oneida Road at 
New England Telephone and Telegraph Company pole number ten 
(10) to land now or formerly of Crimens Pacy, and said road to be 
maintained by the developer for a period of one year after acceptance, 
said road to be known as Oneida Road. 



Article 9. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town Way 
the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town 
Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty- 
four (24) foot or more travelled way extending in a southeasterly direc- 
tion a distance of approximately five hundred ninety-six (596) feet from 
Nashoba Road to Oneida Road, and said road to be maintained by the 
developer for a period of one year after acceptance, said road to be 
known as Huron Road, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To accept as a Town Way the road, the Plan 
of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan 
showing a road fort)' (40) feet in width and a twenty-four foot or 
more travelled way extending in a southeasterly direction a distance of 
approximately five hundred ninety-six (596) feet from Nashoba Road 
to Oneida Road, and said road to be maintained by the developer for 
a period of one year after acceptance, said road to be known as Huron 
Road. 



Article 10. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town Way 
the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town 
Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a 
twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled way extending in a south- 
westerly and then curving in a southeasterly direction a distance of 
approximately twelve hundred sixty-one (l,26l) feet from Huron Road 
to Oneida Road, and said road to be maintained by the developer for a 
period of one year after acceptance, said road to be known as Algonquin 
Road, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To accept as a Town Way the road, the 
Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan 
showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot 
or more travelled way extending in a southwesterly and then curv'ing 
in a southeasterly direction a distance of approximately twelve hundred 
sixty-one (1,261) feet from Huron Road to Oneida Road, and said 
road to be maintained by the developer for a period of one year after 
its acceptance, said road to be known as Algonquin Road. 



Article 11. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town Way 
the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, 
said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty- four (24) 
foot or more travelled way extending in a southerly direction a distance 
of approximately twelve hundred (1,200) feet from Longfellow Park 



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to New England Telephone and Telegraph Pole Number four (4) and 
also extending as a curving road northerly, easterly, southerly and 
westerly to Thoreau Road a distance of approximately sixteen hundred 
fifty (1,650) feet from Longfellow Park, and said road to be main- 
tained by the developer for a period of one year after acceptance, said 
road to be known as Alcott Street, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To accept as a Town Way the road, the Plan 
of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan 
showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot 
or more travelled way extending in a southerly direction a distance of 
approximately twelve hundred (1,200) feet from Longfellow Park to 
New England Telephone and Telegraph Pole Number four (4) and 
also extending as a curving road northerly, easterly, southerly and 
westerly to Thoreau Road a distance of approximately sixteen hundred 
fifty (1,650) feet from Longfellow Park, and said road to be main- 
tained by the developer for a period of one year after acceptance, said 
road to be known as Alcott Street. 



Article 12. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town Way 
the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town 
Clerk, said plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty- 
four (24) foot or more travelled way extending in a southerly direction 
a distance of approximately seven hundred fifty-seven (757) feet from 
Alcott Street to Thoreau Road, and said road to be maintained by the 
developer for a period of one year after acceptance, said road to be 
known as Hawthorne Street, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To accept as a Town Way the road, the 
Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said 
Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) 
foot or more travelled way extending in a southerly direction a distance 
of approximately seven hundred fifty-seven (757) feet from Alcott 
Street to Thoreau Road, and said road to be maintained by the developer 
for a period of one year after acceptance, said road to be known as 
Hawthorne Street. 



Article 13. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town Way 
the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, 
said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) 
foot or more travelled way extending in a southerly direction a distance 
of approximately twelve hundred (1,200) feet from Alcott Street to 
Hawthorne Street, and said road to be maintained by the developer for 
a period of one year after acceptance, said road to be known as Thoreau 
Road, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To accept as a Town Way the road, the Plan 
of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan 
showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot 



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or more travelled way extending in a southerly direction a distance of 
approximately twelve hundred (1,200) feet from Alcott Street to Haw- 
thorne Street, and said road to be maintained by the de\eloper for a 
period of one year after acceptance, said road to be known as Thoreau 
Road. 



Article 14. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town Way 
the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, 
said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a tu'ent)^-four (24) 
foot or more travelled way extending in a southwesterly direction from 
Robbins Street to a temporar)' turnaround directly in front of Lot #27, a 
distance of approximately thirteen hundred fifty (1,350) feet, said road 
to be maintained by the developer for a period of one year after 
acceptance, said road to be known as Billings Street, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To accept as a Town Way the road, the 
Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan 
showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twent)'-four (24) foot 
or m.ore travelled way extending in a southwesterly direction from 
Robbins Street to a temporary turnaround directly in front of Lot #27, 
a distance of approximately thirteen hundred fifty (1,350) feet, said 
road to be maintained by the developer for a period of one year after 
acceptance, said road to be known as Billings Street. 

Article 15. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town Way 
the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, 
said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) 
foot or more travelled way extending in a westerly direction from the 
point where it now ends, to the westerly line of Lot #10 and Lot #42 
to a temporary turnaround, a distance of approximately six hundred 
(600) feet, said road to be known as Robbins Street, and said road 
to be maintained by the developer for a period of one year after 
acceptance, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To accept as a Town Way the road, the 
Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan 
showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a trv^enty-four (24) foot or 
more travelled way extending in a westerly direction from the point 
where it now ends, to the westerly line of Lot #10 and Lot #42 to a 
temporary turnaround, a distance of approximately six hundred (600) 
feet, said road to be known as Robbins Street, and said road to be main- 
tained by the developer for a period of one year after acceptance. 

Article 16. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town Way 
the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, 
said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a tw^ent)'-four 
(24) foot or more travelled way extending in a northerly direction from 
School Street a distance of approximately eight hundred (800) feet to 



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Hosmer Street, said road to be known as Foster Street, and said road to 
be maintained by the developer for a period of one year after acceptance, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To accept as a Town Way the road, the Plan 
of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan show- 
ing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or 
more travelled way extending in a northerly direction from School Street 
a distance of approximately eight hundred (800) feet to Hosmer Street, 
said road to be known as Foster Street, and said road to be maintained 
by the developer for a period of one year after acceptance. 



Article 17. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town Way 
the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, 
said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four 
(24) foot or more travelled way extending in an easterly direction from 
Piper Road a distance of approximately five hundred sixty-five (565) 
feet, said road to be known as Brucewood Road, and said road to be 
maintained by the developer for a period of one year after acceptance, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To accept as a Town Way the road, the 
Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan 
showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twent)'-four (24) foot 
or more travelled way extending in an easterly direction from Piper 
Road a distance of approximately five hundred sixty-five (565) feet, 
said road to be known as Brucewood Road, and said road to be main- 
tained by the developer for a period of one year after acceptance. 



Article 18. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town 
Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town 
Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty- 
four (24) foot or more travelled way extending in a southerly direction 
from Brucewood Road a distance of approximately seven hundred fifty 
(750) feet, said road to be known as Pinewood Road, and said road 
to be maintained by the developer for a period of one year after 
acceptance, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To accept as a Town Way the road, the 
Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan 
showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot 
or more travelled way extending in a southerly direction from Bruce- 
wood Road a distance of approximately seven hundred fifty (750) feet 
to a temporary turnaround, said road to be known as Pinewood Road, 
and said road to be maintained by the developer for a period of one year 
after acceptance. 

Article 19. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town Way 
the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, 



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said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four 
(24) foot or more travelled way extending in a northwesterly direction 
from Pope Road, a distance of approximately eleven hundred seventy-five 
(1,175) feet, said road to be known as Brabrook Road, and said road to 
be maintained by the developer for a period of one year after acceptance, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To pass over the article. 

Article 20. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town Way 
the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, 
said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four 
(24) foot or more travelled way extending in a northeasterly direction 
from Brabrook Road a distance of approximately 878 feet, said road to 
be known as Flagg Road, and said road to be maintained by the 
developer for a period of one year after acceptance, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To pass over the article. 

Article 21. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town Way 
the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, 
said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four 
(24) foot or more travelled way extending in a westerly direction from 
Willow Street a distance of approximately eleven hundred ninety-three 
(1,193) feet, said road to be known as Marian Road, and said road to 
be maintained by the developer for a period of one year after 
acceptance, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To accept as a Town Way the road, the Plan 
of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan 
showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot 
or more travelled way extending in a westerly direction from Willow 
Street a distance of approximately eleven hundred ninty-three (1,193) 
feet, said road to be known as Marian Road, and said road to be main- 
tained by the developer for a period of one year after acceptance. 



Article 22. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town Way 
the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, 
said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four 
(24) foot or more travelled way extending in a southerly direction 
from Marian Road a distance of approximately eight hundred twelve 
(812) feet, said road to be known as Smart Road, and said road to be 
maintained by the developer for a period of one year after acceptance, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To accept as a Town Way the road, the Plan 
of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan show- 
ing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or 
more travelled way extending in a southerly direction from Marian Road 



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a distance of approximately eight hundred twelve (812) feet, said road 
to be known as Smart Road, and said road to be maintained by the 
developer for a period of one year after acceptance. 

Article 23. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town 
Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the 
Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a 
twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled way extending in a westerly 
direction from Smart Road to Duggan Road, a distance of approximately 
six hundred ten (610) feet, said road to be known as Townsend Road, 
and said road to be maintained by the developer for a period of one 
year after acceptance, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To accept as a Town Way the road, the 
Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan 
showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot 
or more travelled way extending in a westerly direction from Smart 
Road to Duggan Road, a distance of approximately six hundred ten (610) 
feet, said road to be known as Townsend Road, and said road to be 
maintained by the developer for a period of one year after acceptance. 

Article 24. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town Way 
the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town 
Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty- 
four (24) foot or more travelled way extending in a southerly direction 
from Marian Road a distance of approximately five hundred (500) feet, 
said road to be known as Duggan Road, and said road to be maintained 
by the developer for a period of one year after acceptance, or take any 
other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To accept as a Town Way the road, the Plan 
of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan show- 
ing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or 
more travelled way extending in a southerly direction from Marian 
Road a distance of approximately five hundred (500) feet, said road to 
be known as Duggan Road, and said road to be maintained by the 
developer for a period of one year after acceptance. 



Article 25. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town Way 
the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town 
Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty- 
four (24) foot or more travelled way extending in a northwesterly 
direction from Townsend Road to Duggan Road, a distance of approxi- 
mately six hundred eighty-seven (687) feet, said road to be known as 
Smart Road, and said road to be maintained by the developer for a 
period of one year after acceptance, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To accept as a Town Way the road, the 
Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan 



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showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot 
or more travelled way extending in a northwesterly direction from 
Townsend Road to Duggan Road, a distance of approximately six 
hundred eighty-seven (687) feet, said road to be known as Smart Road, 
and said road to be maintained by the developer for a period of one 
year after acceptance. 



Article 26. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town Way 
the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town 
Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a 
twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled way extending in a north- 
easterly direction from Marian Road thence westerly to Pole #9 of the 
Boston Edison Company, a distance of approximately twelve hundred 
forty-three (1,243) feet, said road to be known as Notre Dame Road, 
and said road to be maintained by the developer for a period of one 
year after acceptance, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To accept as a Town Way the road, the 
Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan 
showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a t\\^ent}'-four (24) foot 
or more travelled way extending in a northeasterly direction from 
Marian Road thence westerly to Pole ^9 of the Boston Edison Company, 
a distance of approximately twelve hundred forty-three (1,243) feet to a 
temporary turnaround, said road to be known as Notre Dame Road, and 
said road to be maintained by the Developer for a period of one year 
after acceptance. 



Article 27. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town Way 
the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town 
Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twent)'- 
four (24) foot or more travelled way extending in a southerly direction 
from the Littleton Line to a temporary turnaround a distance of approxi- 
mately five hundred ninety (590) feet, said road to be known as Lillian 
Road, and said road to be maintained by the developer for a period of one 
year after acceptance, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To accept as a Town Way the road, the Plan 
of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said Plan 
showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot 
or more travelled way extending in a southerly direction from the 
Littleton Line to a temporary turnaround a distance of approximately 
five hundred ninety (590) feet, said road to be known as Lillian Road, 
and said road to be maintained by the developer for a period of one 
year after acceptance. 

Article 28. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town Way 
the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town 
Clerk, said Plan showing a road fort}- (40) feet in width and a twenty- 
four (24) foot or more travelled way extending in a southerly direction 



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from Massachusetts Avenue to an intersection, a distance of approxi- 
mately three hundred (300) feet, said road to be known as Birch Ridge 
Road, and said road to be maintained by the developer for a period of 
one year after acceptance, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To pass over the article. 

Article 29. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a Town Way 
the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk, 
said Plan showing a road forty (40) feet in width and a twenty-four 
(24) foot or more travelled way extending in an easterly direction from 
the intersection of Birch Ridge Road to a temporary turnaround, a 
distance of approximately one thousand (1,000) feet, said road to be 
known as Juniper Ridge Road, and said road to be maaintained by the 
developer for a period of one year after acceptance, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To pass over the article. 

Voted: To take up Articles 31 and 32 at this time. 

Article 31. To see if the Town will vote to accept the gift of Ten 
thousand (10,000) dollars, made to the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Acton by Section 1 of Clause C of the Thirty-second item of the will 
of Jennie A. Tuttle, late of Somerville, Mass., deceased, the same to be 
forever safely invested and held and known as "The Varnum Tuttle 
Memorial Fund," and the income arising therefrom to be forever used 
by the Board of Selectmen of said Town for the relief of worthy poor, 
who are inhabitants of said Acton, with authority to use part of the same 
for raising the standard of living of a considerable number of the 
citizens that they may enjoy the benefits of our Anglo-Saxon civilization 
and become better citizens of our Republic, all as set forth in said 
Section 1, Clause C, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To accept the gift of Ten thousand (10,000) dollars, 
made to the Inhabitants of the Town of Acton by Section 1 of Clause C 
of the Thirty-second item of the will of Jennie A. Tuttle, late of Somer- 
ville, Mass., deceased, the same to be forever safely invested and held 
and known as "The Varnum Tuttle Memorial Fund," and the income 
arising therefrom to be forever used by the Board of Selectmen of said 
Town for the relief of worthy poor, who are inhabitants of said Acton, 
with authority to use part of the same for raising the standards of living 
of a considerable number of the citizens that they may enjoy the benefits 
of our Anglo-Saxon civilization and become better citizens of our 
Republic, all as set forth in said Section 1, Clause C. 



Article 32. To see if the Town will vote to accept the gift of 
Fifteen thousand (15,000) dollars, made to the Inhabitants of the Town 
of Acton by Section 2 of Clause C of the Thirty-second item of the will 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 59 

of Jennie A. Tuttle, late of Somerville, Mass., deceased, the same to be 
forever safely invested and held and known as "The Georgia E. Whitney 
Memorial Fund" and the income therefrom forever used, all as set 
forth in said Section 2 of Clause C as follows: "To provide education 
and uplifting instruction and influence for the pupils of the Acton High 
School and through such school for the inhabitants of the Town of 
Acton. I direct that the method of spending this income shall be left 
to the discretion of an advisory board consisting of members of the 
Board of Selectmen, the principal of the High School and the Superin- 
tendent of Schools, having supervision of said High School, all in said 
Town of Acton. A majority of said Board shall decide all questions. 
I recommend that the purposes above set forth be accomplished either 
by maintaining a course of free lectures each year to be given in said 
Town of Acton primarily for the benefit of said pupils, the members 
of their families and their teachers, but incidentally for other residents 
of said Town who may be accommodated thereat, or by providing special 
instruction in music, in the arts or industry or any combination of all of 
said methods or a part of them or such other methods as said Advisory 
Board shall deem best from time to time. It is my desire that said 
income be used to provide for such pupils, their families and their 
teachers in said Town of Acton educational advantages which would 
not be furnished by said Town and which they probably would not 
otherwise have, such as the best thought concerning government, law, 
jurisprudence, ethics, moral standards, fine arts, science, industry and 
the better things of life. I do not desire that this income be so expended 
that it will be used for general maintenance of said High School nor 
lessen the burdens of taxation," or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Article 32. Voted: To accept the gift of Fifteen thousand 
(15,000) dollars, made to the Inhabitants of the Town of Acton by 
Section 2 of Clause C of the Thirty-second item of the will of Jennie A. 
Tuttle, late of Somervqlle, Mass., deceased, the same to be forever safely 
invested and held and known as "The Georgia E. Whitney Memorial 
Fund" and the income therefrom forever used, all as set forth in said 
Section 2 of Clause C as follows: "To provide education and uplifting 
instruction and influence for the pupils of the Acton High School and 
through such school for the inhabitants of the Town of Acton. I direct 
that the method of spending this income shall be left to the discretion 
of an advisory board consisting of members of the Board of Selectmen, 
the principal of the High School and the Superintendent of Schools 
having supervision of said High School, all in said Town of Acton. 
A majority of said Board shall decide all questions. I recommend that 
the purposes above set forth be accomplished either by maintaining a 
course of free lectures each year to be given in said Town of Acton 
primarily for the benefit of said pupils, the members of their families 
and their teachers, but incidentally for other residents of said Town 
who may be accommodated thereat, or by providing special instruction 
in music, in the arts or industry or any combination of all said methods 
or a part of them or such other methods as said Advisory Board shall 



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deem best from time to time. It is my desire that said income be used 
to provide for such pupils, their families and their teachers in said Town 
of Acton educational advantages which would not be furnished by said 
Town and which they probably would not otherwise have, such as the 
best thought concerning government, law, jurisprudence, ethics, moral 
standards, fine arts, science, industry and the better things of life. I do 
not desire that this income be so expended that it will be used for 
general maintenance of said High School nor lessen the burdens of 
taxation." 



Article 3. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective 
Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by rezoning from residential to 
business the property on Stow Street, South Acton, said property running 
approximately 108 feet westerly from property owned by Earl F. 
Hayward, Sr. et ux to Fort Pond Brook ; southerly along Fort Pond Brook 
and property of B. M. Kimball, Executor, approximately 163 feet; easterly 
for approximately 129 feet and northerly approximately 79.50 feet, along 
property owned by Earl F. Hayward, Sr. et ux to the point of beginning 
on Stow Street, as petitioned to us by Leo C. Cunningham, or take any 
other action relative thereto. (Inserted by the Planning Board) 

Voted: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of 
Acton by rezoning from residential to business the property on Stow 
Street, South Acton, said property running approximately 108 feet westerly 
from property owned by Earl F. Hayward, Sr. et ux to Fort Pond Brook ; 
southerly along Fort Pond Brook and property of B. M. Kimball, 
Executor, approximately l63 feet; easterly for approximately 129 feet and 
northerly approximately 79.50 feet, along property owned by Earl F. 
Hayward, Sr. et ux to the point of beginning on Stow Street. 

Same tellers as Article 2. 

Hand vote. Total — 409. Yes — 380. No — 29. 

Needed to carry — 273. 

At 11:15 P.M. Voted: To adjourn until Monday, November 24, 
1958 at 7:30 P. M. at the Blanchard Auditorium. 

The Moderator called the meeting to order at 7:30 P.M. on 
Monday, November 24, 1958. 

Motion: I, Herschel Hadley, voted with the prevailing side on 
Article 2 during the Special Town Meeting of Acton, Massachusetts, held 
on November 17, 1958 and I move to reconsider the vote on said 
Article 2. 

Motion carried. 

Reconsideration of Article 2. 

Article 2. Voted: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of 
the Town of Acton by rezoning from residential to industrial a piece of " 



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land on the northerly side of Main Street, Acton Center, comprised of 
approximately tw'enty acres, said land starting at the most easterly point 
on the propert)^ of Franklin Balduf on Main Street, thence easterly on 
Main Street for approximately 1,0321/3 feet to property owned by 
Augustine B. Conant and Brewster Conant, thence northwesterly for 
approximately 257.7 feet, thence northeasterly for approximately 767 feet 
along land owned by said Augustine B. Conant and Brewster Conant; 
thence westerly for approximately 814 feet along property owned by said 
Augustine B. Conant and Brewster Conant; thence southerly for 
approximately 613 feet along land formerly owned by Edward B. 
McKinley; thence easterly for approximately 82 feet; thence southerly 
along land of Franklin Balduf to the starting point on Main Street. 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: Charlotte Wetherbee, 
Edmond J. McNiff, Dewey E. Boatman, Hayu^ard S. Houghton, Henry 
Erikson, E. Wilson Bursaw, Roger Crafts, H. Vaughn Allen, Edith 
Engman, Joseph Coughlan, Phyllis Sprague, Eleanor P. Wilson, James 
B. Wilson, Grace J. Cullinane, Hazel P. Vose, Julia A. Barry and Jessie 
W. Knippel. 

Ballot vote. Total — 806. Yes — 567. No— 239. 
Needed to carry — 538. 



Voted: To reopen Article 1. 

Report of Acton Industrial Development Committee read and meet- 
ing voted to accept same. 

Voted: To take up Article 33 to end of Warrant. 

Article 33. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from the 
Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $5,000.00 to the Snow Removal 
Account, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account the 
sum of 55,000.00 to the Snow Removal Account. 



Article 34. To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of 
$2,000.00 from the Machiner)' Fund to the Machinery Account, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of Si, 500. 00 from the Surplus 
Revenue Account to the Machiner)' Account. 



Article 35. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from the 
Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $550.00, a portion of the State's 
allotment for highways under Chapter 81, to be used in conjunction 
with $41,450.00 as voted under Article 11 of the Warrant for the 
Annual Town Meeting held on March 10, 1958, provided that the reim- 



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burscment be credited back to the Surplus Revenue Account, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account the 
sum of $550.00, a portion of the State's allotment for highways under 
Chapter 81, to be used in conjunction with $41,450.00 as voted under 
Article 11 of the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting held on 
March 10, 1958, provided that the reimbursement be credited back to 
the Surplus Revenue Account. 



Article 36. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $900.00 to the Hydrant Rental Account, or 
take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted : To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum 
of $900.00 to the Hydrant Rental Account. 



Article 37. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $452.88 to the Fleet Insurance Account, to 
be used in conjunction with $1,350.00 voted under Article 8 of the 
Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting held on March 10, 1958, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

Article 37. Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue 
Account the sum of $452.88 to the Fleet Insurance Account, to be used 
in conjunction with $1,350.00 voted under Article 8 of the Warrant for 
the Annual Town Meeting held on March 10, 1958. 



Article 38. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $1,198.59 to defray cost of relocating septic 
tank and leaching field in conjunction with Chapter 90 reconstruction of 
Main Street, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To appropriate from Overlay Surplus the sum of $1,198.59 
to defray cost of relocating septic tank and leaching field in conjunction 
with Chapter 90 reconstruction of Main Street. 



Article 39. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $1,165.00 to the Legal Services Account, 
Board of Selectmen, for expenses incurred in defending action of the 
Town under Article 31 of the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting 
held on March 10, 1958, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To appropriate from Overlay Surplus the sum of $1,165.00 
to the Legal Services Account, Board of Selectmen, for expenses incurred 
in defending action of the Town under Article 31 of the Warrant for the 
Annual Town Meeting held on March 10, 1958. 



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Voted: To take up Article 7. 

Article 7. To see if the Town will authorize the Selectmen to 
purchase, take by eminent domain or otherwise acquire for the Town for 
use as a recreation area a tract of land containing approximately thirteen 
and one quarter (I3I/4) acres more or less with the buildings, mills, 
privileges and water power standing thereon or connected therewith, 
which property is situated in the Northeasterly part of Acton on both 
sides of the Framingham and Lowell Railroad, and which property is 
bounded and described as follows: 

"Beginning at a point on the Brook about 315 feet South- 
westerly of the large Mill at land formerly of William B. Davis; 
thence running North 45° 50' West to the location of said Railroad; 
thence Northeasterly on said Railroad location about 325 feet to an 
angle; thence Southeasterly on said location about 12 feet; thence 
Northeasterly bounding on said Railroad location about 465 feet to 
an angle, thence North 63° 55' East about 152 feet to a Stake and 
Stones Northeast of the Mill Pond; thence South 35l^° East 
crossing the Pond 466 feet to an angle in the Pond; thence South 
60° 20' West 6IOI/2 feet to a flat Stone Bound at the Town Road; 
thence 42° 35' West 69 V2 feet; thence South 46° 42' West 37 feet 
to the Northerly corner of the Seven Acre Lot; thence South 401/2° 
East 400 feet to a corner; thence South 443/4° West 691 feet to a 
corner of a Wall; thence North 351/2° West 566 feet crossing a 
Town Road to a corner of a Wall 33 feet from the road; thence 
Northeasterly to the line of the Highway about 115 feet; thence 
over said road or highway in the same course about 540 feet to the 
said Northerly corner of the Seven Acre Lot; thence Northwesterly 
crossing said highway about 33 feet to a corner at land formerly of 
James Harris; thence North 351/2° West bounding a part of the 
way on a canal or water way about 144.27 feet to the Brook; 
thence in same course crossing the Brook and bounding Westerly 
on said Brook about 247.50 feet to the bound first mentioned; 
Also another lot adjoining on the Northerly side of the Railroad 
bounded as follows: Beginning at the Northwesterly corner of the 
lot at land formerly of Martha C. Harris; thence South 45° 50' 
East about 34 feet to the location of the Framingham and Lowell 
Railroad ; thence Northeasterly bounding on said Railroad Company's 
land crossing a Town Way about 520 feet to land now or formerly 
of heirs of James Harris; thence North 44° 20' West 134 feet; 
thence South 47l^° West 68 feet; thence South 151/2° East 67 1/2 
feet; thence South 19° 50' East 78 feet to a point about 10 feet 
from the Railroad location; thence South 44° West about 387 feet 
to the corner and bound first mentioned. Also one other lot con- 
taining about three-fourths of an acre of land immediately adjoining 
the last described lot bounded as follows: Beginning at the South- 
west corner of the premises at land formerly of William B. Davis; 
thence running Northwesterly by land formerly of Martha C. Harris 
about 66 feet; thence Northeasterly by said Harris land about 363 
feet; thence Southeasterly about 93I/2 feet to a corner at lot No. 2; 



64 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



thence Southwesterly bounding on lot No. 2 about 363 feet to the 
corner and bound first mentioned." 

This property is believed to belong to David Morrison; and to see 
if the Town will appropriate the sum of Four thousand two hundred 
(4,200) dollars, or any other sum therefor, to be provided by taxation 
by appropriation from available funds in the treasury, by borrowings 
under Qiapter 44 of the General Laws as amended or otherwise, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

Voted: To take up Article 30. 

Article 30. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town 
By-Laws by striking out Section Three and inserting in place thereof, the 
following new section, or take any other action relative thereto. 

SECTION THREE 

Article 1. There shall be a finance committee consisting of 
six voters of the Town, two from each precinct. The committee 
shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen in the following 
manner. Two members, not from the same precinct, shall be 
appointed for a term of one year; two members, not from the same 
precinct, shall be appointed for a term of two years; and two mem- 
bers, not from the same precinct, shall be appointed for a term of 
three years, and thereafter, the appointments shall be for a term of 
three years. 

Article 2. No member of the finance committee shall serve 
on any other standing committee, having to do with the expenditure 
of town funds. 

Article 3. The finance committee shall consider any and all 
municipal questions for the purpose of making reports and recom- 
mendations. Without restricting the general intent of the foregoing, 
the finance committee shall include in its duties the preparation of 
the recommended budget for the Annual Meeting, the review of 
and recommendation concerning any other matter of a financial 
nature arising at the Annual Meeting or at any Special Meeting, 
and the preparation of long range fiscal plans for the Town. 

Article 4. The committee on finance shall establish a sched- 
ule for the submission of estimates of the amounts needed by the 
several departments for the ensuing year, and shall give a hearing 
to the several departments after such estimates have been received. 

Voted Unanimously: To amend the Town By-Laws by striking out 
Section Three and inserting in place thereof, the following new section: 

SECTION THREE 

Article 1. There shall be a finance committee consisting of 
six voters of the Town, two from each precinct. The committee 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 65 



shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen in the following man- 
ner. Two members, not from the same precinct, shall be appointed 
for a term of one year; two members, not from the same precinct, 
shall be appointed for a term of two years; and two members, not 
from the same precinct, shall be appointed for a term of three years, 
and thereafter, the appointments shall be for a term of three years. 

Article 2. No member of the finance committee shall serve 
on any other standing committee, having to do with the expenditure 
of town funds. 

Article 3. The finance committee shall consider any and all 
municipal questions for the purpose of making reports and recom- 
mendations. Without restricting the general intent of the foregoing, 
the finance committee shall include in its duties the review of and 
recommendation concerning the budget for the Annual Meeting, 
the review of and recommendation concerning any other matter of 
a financial nature arising at the Annual Meeting or at any Special 
Meeting, and the preparation of long range fiscal plans for the Town. 

Article 4. The finance committee shall establish a schedule for 
the submission of estimates of the amounts needed by the several 
departments for the ensuing year, and shall give a hearing to the 
several departments after such estimates have been received. 

At 10:49 P. M. Voted: To adjourn until Monday, December 1, 
1958 at 7:30 P. M. at the Blanchard Auditorium. 



The Moderator called the meeting to order at 7:30 P. M. on Mon- 
day, December 1, 1958. 

Article 4. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective 
Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by rezoning from residential to 
industrial the property on the southerly side of Massachusetts Avenue 
(Route #2) for a depth of 850 feet, as measured from the southerly side 
line of the right of way of Massachusetts Avenue and extending from the 
Concord-Acton line to Hosmer Street, or take any other action relative 
thereto. (Inserted by the Planning Board) 

Motion: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of 
Acton by rezoning from residential to industrial the property on the 
southerly side of Massachusetts Avenue (Route #2) for a depth of 850 
feet, as measured from, the southerly side line of the right of way of 
Massachusetts Avenue and extending from the Concord- Acton line to 
Hosmer Street. 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: Dewey E. Boatman, 
Charlotte Wetherbee, Edmond J. McNiff and Hayward S. Houghton. 

Voted: To lay Articles 4 and 5 on the table. 
Hand vote. Total — 133. Yes — 99. No — 34. 



66 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Article 5. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective 
Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by rezoning from residential to 
industrial the property on the northerly side of Massachusetts Avenue 
(Route #2) on the easterly side of Wetherbee Street and on the south- 
westerly side of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad 
right of way excluding that section of the above described land that is 
already industrially zoned, or take any other action relative thereto. 
(Inserted by the Planning Board) 

Article 6. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective 
Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by rezoning from residential to 
industrial the property on the northerly side of Massachusetts Avenue 
(Route +?2) and on the westerly side of Wetherbee Street for a depth of 
600 feet westerly as measured from the westerly side of the right of 
way of Wetherbee Street extending from the right of way of the New 
York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad to the northerly side line of 
Massachusetts Avenue and for a depth of 850 feet northerly as measured 
from the northerly side line of the right of way of Massachusetts Avenue 
extending in a westerly direction to within 200 feet of the propert}^ line 
of Clifford E. Armstrong, or take any other action relative thereto. 
(Inserted by the Planning Board) 

Motion: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of 
Acton by rezoning from residential to industrial the propert}' on the 
northerly side of Massachusetts Avenue (Route ^2) and on the westerly 
side of Wetherbee Street for a depth of 600 feet westerly as measured 
from the westerly side of the right of way of Wetherbee Street extending 
from the right of way of the New York, New Haven and Hartford 
Railroad to the northerly side line of Massachusetts Avenue and for a 
depth of 850 feet northerly as measured from the northerly side line of 
the right of way of Massachusetts Avenue extending in a westerly direc- 
tion to within 200 feet of the propert)' line of Clifford E. Armstrong. 

Voted: To lay the article on the table. 

Voted : To adjourn at 8 : 30 P. M. 

A true copy. Attest: 

CHARLES M. MacRAE, 

Town Clerk. 



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REPORT OF ACTON SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 

ORGANIZATION 

Acton School Committee 

Mr. Lloyd E. Williamson Term Expires 1961 

Mr. George E. Neagle, Secretary Term Expires 1961 

Mrs. Evelyn N. MacLean Term Expires 1959 

Mr. Thomas E. Wetherbee Term Expires 1959 

Mrs. Elizabeth H. Boardman Term Expires I960 

Mr. Edmond J. McNiff Term Expires I960 

Meetings of the School Committee 

Regular meetings are held the second Monday of each month in the 
Julia L. McCarthy Primar)- School at 7:30 P. M. 

Tel. 
Superintendent of Schools, William L. O'Connell 3-7738 

Director of Guidance, Miss Ruth R. Proctor 3-7738 

School Physician, Paul P. Gates, M.D 3-5671 

School Nurse, Miss Barbara Clemence 3-7738 

School Secretaries, Miss Wilma Erkkinen ) ^ ^ 

Mrs. Priscilla Felt ^ ^' ' ^ ^ 



\ 

Mrs. Mary Ott 3-4181 



Attendance Officer, Mr. Louis Leveroni 3-4181 



Principals: 

Acton -Boxborough Regional High School 

Raymond ]. Grey 3-7738 

Acton Elementar)' School 

Mrs. Carolyn T. Douglas 3-4181 

Julia L. McCarthy Primary School 

Mrs. Margaret H. Barrett 3-4982 



68 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 

SCHOOL CALENDAR 

Reopening of All Schools, January 5, 1959 

Winter Recess, February 23-27 

Spring Recess, April 20-24 

Close of Acton Public Schools, June 12 

Close of School, Grades 7 and 8, Acton-Boxborough Regional High 
School, June 12 

Graduation, June 12 

Close of School, Grades 9-11, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, 
June 19 

Summer Recess 

Teachers' Meetings, September 8 

Reopening of Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, Grades 7-12, 
September 9 

Reopening of Acton Public Schools, Grades 1 - 6, September 10 

Columbus Day, October 12 

Visiting Day (Workshop), October 30 

Veterans' Day, November 11 

Thanksgiving Recess, Noon November 25, 26, 27 

Christmas Holidays, December 24, 1959 - January 1, I960 

Reopening of All Schools, January 4, I960 

Winter Recess, February 22-26 

Spring Recess, April 18-22 

Memorial Day, May 30 

Close of Acton Public Schools, Grades 1 - 6, June 10 

Close of School, Grades 7 and 8, Acton-Boxborough Regional High 
School, June 10 

Graduation, June 10 

Close of School, Grades 9-11, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, 
June 17 

NO SCHOOL SIGNAL 

1-1-1-1 7:15 A. M. No School Acton Public Schools — Grades 1 - 6 
2-2-2-2 7 :00 A. M. No School All Schools All Day 



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69 



REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS — 1958 

To the School Committee and Citizens of Acton : 

Herewith is presented my fifth report as Superintendent of Schools 
for Acton. I will present a recording of the growth of the Town of 
Acton since 1948, including population, enrollment and school budget. 




BIRTHS 1948-1958 

Acton like most towns has had a high 
increase in the birth rate. From our 
pre-primar)' census this increase will con- 
tinue in Acton. 



1948 1954- 1955 I95fe 1957 1958 



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6000 




19^8 1954 



1955 



195b 



(957 



l9Sa 



SVate. Census 



POPULATION 1948-1958 



Acton's being in the center of a vast network of highways has 
increased its population over 50% in the past five years. The new super 
highway Route 110, which will pass through Boxborough, will continue 
to bring an influx of new people to the community. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



71 




1958 

The high proportion of town 
growth has been brought about by 
two factors, namely, (1) younger 
famihes moving to Acton whose 
children are enrolled in the elemen- 
tary' grades or are of pre-primary 
age; (2) out of a total school age 
population of 1,514, only 124 
children are not attending the local 
school system. This means that 
1,390, or 93% of the school pop- 
ulation are enrolled in the local 
schools. This is one of the highest 
percentages in the state. 



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TEACHERS 1948-1958 



Increase in pupil enrollment means additional teachers. The tw'o 
school committees have met the challenge by hiring teachers so our 
teacher-pupil ratio will be 1-25. Presently we have a total of 65 
teachers, including supervisors and a speech teacher, plus a high school 
principal, t^^o elementar}' school principals and a director of guidance. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 73 



Transportation of Pupils 

Acton's having an area of 20.31 square miles results in many homes 
being built distant from the schools. This, added to the lack of sidewalks 
in the many sections of town, means that almost all of the school 
children are transported. For example, this year in grades 1 - 6, having 
a total of 850 children, only five are not transported. In the regional 
high school, grades 7-12, 458 boys and girls out of a total enrollment 
of 540 are transported. 

The Cost of Our Schools 

To meet the increasing cost of educating a larger number of pupils 
each year and the maintenance of school buildings, the school committee 
has recommended larger school budgets. The school committee, along 
with the Superintendent of Schools, meets with the finance committee in 
early November to explain the increase for the following school year. 

OPERATING BUDGETS 



1954 


1955 


1956 


$207,758.33 


$232,178.00 


$292,598.49 
(start of regional 
high school) 


1957 




1958 


$355,820.12 
(opening of 
regional high 
school building) 


$430,305.36 


To oflfset the above operating budgets, we have received state and 
federal aid. The state aid was increased 15% on the over-all budget 
in 1956, when the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District was 
formulated. 


Year Year 

Received Received 

1954 1955 


Year 

Received 

1956 


Year Year 

Received Received 

1957 1958 


$46,757.73 $52,630.85 


$74,362.22 
Classrooms 


$81,984.95 $103,873.58 



The school committee in 1948 recognized the need for additional 
classrooms. The Acton School Committee in 1951 recommended the 
construction and equipping of a primary school to eliminate the many 
rented classrooms here and in Maynard. This eight room school was 
completed for the opening of school in September, 1953. The first 
principal of the school was Miss Julia L. McCarthy, who formerly was 
principal of the South Acton Elementary School. This primary' school 
was later named the "Julia L. McCarthy Primary School" to honor 



74 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Miss McGirthy, who was a member of the Acton school faculty for a 
period of forty-nine years. 

The Building Committee for this school was: 

Mr. Porter Jenks, Chairman 

Mr. Ormal Laffin Mr. Leo Cunningham 

Mr. Edward Bursaw Mr. Walter Stevens 

Mr. Dana Hinckley Mrs. G. Howard Reed 

Blanchard Auditorium. A gift of $150,000.00 by the Blanchard 
family was accepted at the annual town meeting in March, 1953. This 
money was to be used for the construction of a building to be known as 
"The Blanchard Auditorium." The town voted to appropriate an addi- 
tional $173,000.00, making the total S323,000.00. This building was 
accepted by the town at a special ceremony in March, 1955. The 
Blanchard Auditorium has been used by the town for town meetings, 
by the school department for many activities, including athletic events 
and physical education classes, and by civic groups in the town for social 
events. Members of the Auditorium-Gymnasium Committee were: 

Mr. Porter Jenks, Chairman 
Mr. Ormal Laffin Mr. Leo Cunningham 

Mr. Edward Bursaw Mr. Walter Stevens 

Mr. Dana Hinckley Mrs. G. Howard Reed 

Regional High School. In 1951 a regional high school for Acton 
and the towns of Bolton, Boxborough, Harvard, Lancaster and Stow was 
defeated in Acton by a vote of 782 - 373. Later, in 1954, a regional high 
school (Nagog) to serve the towns of Acton and Littleton was recom- 
mended. The voters in Acton approved this regional school, but it was 
defeated in Littleton. At this time Acton High School started operating 
on a two-session day, with the high school students attending school from 
8 A.M. to 12:15 P.M., and the junior high school attending classes 
from 12:30-4:30 P.M. In March 1955 the towns of Acton and Box- 
borough approved the constmction and equipping of a regional high 
school, which opened in September, 1957. The members of the planning 
committees for this school were: 

Mrs. Elizabeth H. Boardman Mr. John W. Lymberg 

Mrs. Priscilla F. Felt Mr. Norman Mcintosh 

Mr. Raymond J. Grey Mr. George E. Neagle 

Dr. Joseph H. Hartshorn Miss Ruth R. Proctor 

Mr. Aubrey C Kretschmar Mr. Thomas E. Wetherbee 

Mr. William L. O'Connell, Superintendent of Schools 

The New Elementary School. At the town meeting in March, 
1956, the citizens of Acton voted to construct and equip a twenty room 
elementary school to be located on Charter Road opposite the regional 
high school. With the completion of this school it will be possible to 
close the South Acton Elementary School, completing the plans of the 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 75 



school committee to close the outmoded precinct schools, (in June, 1957, 
the Acton School Committee closed the Acton Center and West Acton 
precinct schools) . This building is the first to be constructed under the 
new permanent building committee for the Town of Acton. In 1957 the 
members were: 

Mr. James Kinsley, Chairman Mr. Kenneth Jewell 

Mr. Norman Mcintosh Mr. Leonard Maynard 

Mr. Edmond J. McNiff, representing the school department 

In 1958 the Permanent Building Committee was as follows: 

Mr. Kenneth Jewell, Chairman Mr. Norman Mcintosh 
Mr. Robert Lortz, Secretary Mr. Lloyd W. Priest 

Mr. Edmond J. McNiff, representing the school department 

The Cost of School Construction in Acton 

Approximate Percent of Approximate 
Building Cost State Aid State Aid 

Julia L. McCarthy 

Primary School $288,716.01 38.57 $111,357.76 

Blanchard Auditorium $323,000.00 39.41 $121,000.00* 

Acton-Boxborough 

Regional High School $1,600,000.00 63.93 $960,000.00 

20-room Elementary School .... $850,000.00 50.00 $417,500.00 

* 15% additional because of regional school district 

School Committee 

The tremendous progress in education made in Acton in the past six 
years can be attributed to the loyal, conscientious and hard working men 
and women who have ser\^ed on the Acton School Committee and the 
Acton-Boxborough Regional District School Committee. These citizens 
have at all times worked many and long hours to strive to improve the 
schools. The committee members have given so much of their time, as is 
evident from the fact that they held over sixty meetings in a one year 
period to solve the various school problems. The past six years have 
been busy years, and the citizens of Acton have been fortunate to have 
such a devoted group of men and women. For the continuing improve- 
ment in our schools, I know we are all indebted to the following persons 
who served on the Acton School Committee and the Acton-Boxborough 
Regional District School Committee from 1953 - 1958: 

Mrs. Elizabeth H. Boardman* Mr. Dana Hinckley 

Mrs. Gerald HoUis Mr. Craig Lundberg 

Mrs. Evelyn MacLean Mr. Edmond J. McNiff 

Mrs. C. Howard Reed Mr. George E. Neagle* 

Mrs. Harlan Tuttle Mr. Alvin Piper 



76 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Mr. Frederick Abbt Mr. Frank Stevens 

Mr. Leo Cunningham . Mr. Thomas Wetherbee* 

Mr. Leonard Godfrey Mr. Lloyd Williamson 

* Served also on Acton-Boxborough Regional District School Committee. 

From Boxborough, Dr. Joseph H. Hartshorn. 

The school committees of the region and the Town of Acton are 
members of the New England School Development Council and the 
Massachusetts Association of School Committees. 

Conclusion 

I have attempted to present in this report the rapid growth in the 
Town of Acton over the past ten years, and to express my appreciation 
to the men and women who have worked so closely with me in solving 
some of our problems. To all the members of the school staff, pupils, 
and to all the citizens in Acton, I am very grateful for your support and 
co-operation. 

Sincerely, 

WILLIAM L. O'CONNELL, 

Superintendent of Schools. 



ELIZABETH TUFTS 

The Acton school system lost a very devoted and loyal teacher 
when Miss Elizabeth Tufts died after a short illness on February 7, 1958. 
Miss Tufts, who entered the local system in September, 1952, was a 
fourth grade teacher at the Acton Elementary School. She was a grad- 
uate of Gorham Teachers College and sers^ed in the Armed Forces in 
1944. Her home was in Biddeford, Maine. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 77 



MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS FOR THE YEAR 1958 



Acton-Boxborough Regional High School 

1. Music Program. 

2. Activities Program. 

3. 1958 Yearbook won second prize in Columbia University competition. 

4. School newspaper now being published. 

5. Mr. James Dadoly awarded National Science Foundation Scholarship 
at Harvard University. 

6. Faculty has been "evaluating" all departments and it is hoped that 
the school will be evaluated by a visiting committee in March, 1959. 

7. Algebra I now offered to students in Grade 8. 

8. One of the schools selected to have "The Travelling Science Library" 
sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Washington, D. C. 

9. As of December 31, 1958 — total number of books in school library, 
1,680. Total circulation 1958 — 13,141. 



Acton Public Schools 

1. Hiring of a Speech Therapist. 

2. Instrumental- Vocal Programs. 

3. Traffic Control. 

4. Fire and Safet}^ Programs. 



78 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 

School Finances 1958 

Received — To the Credit of Schools 

State Aid for Transportation $15,710.50 

State Aid for Public Schools 77,150.89 

Federal Aid 7,834.44 

Education of Handicapped 3,177.75 

Tuition 2,684.00 

Miscellaneous 37.20 



$106,594.78 

Net Cost of Operation 

Appropriated, March, 1958: 

Regional School District $191,452.37 

Acton Public Schools 225,120.00 

$416,572.37 
Total Amount Expended from Appropriations: 

Regional School District $183,767.37 

Acton Public Schools 217,074.04 

$400,841.41 
Received to Credit of Schools 106,594.78 

NET AMOUNT FROM LOCAL TAXES $294,246.63 

Less: Cost of New Equipment (Capital Outlay) 2,886.92 



NET COST OF OPERATION FROM 1958 

LOCAL TAXES $291,359.71 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 79 

Expended for Operation in 1958 

High Elementary Total 

Instruction $137,282.66 $157,608.66 $294,891.32 

Books and Supplies 6,634.57 7,855.22 14,489-79 

Plant Operation 26,829.65 18,650.00 45,479.65 

Plant Maintenance 623-92 3,844.53 4,468.45 

Auxiliary Agencies 3,686.30 2,652.43 6,338.73 

Transportation 14,976.88 16,272.00 31,248.88 

General Control 7,223.53 7,028.32 14,251-85 

Contingencies 130.07 397.88 527.95 

Gross Cost of Operation $197,387.58 $214,309-04 $411,696.62 

Gross cost per high school pupil (465) $424.49 

Gross cost per elementary 

school pupil (848) $252.72 

Gross cost per pupil (1,313) $313-55 

Gross Cost of Operation (as above) $197,387.58 $214,309.04 $411,696.62 

Less Receipts 54,867.00 51,727.78 106,594.78 

Net Cost of Operation $142,520.58 $162,581.26 $305,101.84 

Net cost per high school pupil (465) -..- $306.49 

Net cost per elementary 

school pupil (848) $191-72 

Net cost per pupil (1,313) $232.37 



1959 SCHOOL BUDGETS 

Total appropriation recommended by Acton 

School Committee $266,118.00 

Net amount requested by Acton-Boxborough 

Regional District School Committee 212,472.00 

$478,590.00 

Estimate of School Aid and other state or 

Federal reimbursement $119,277.00 

Estimate of other non-tax receipts for school 

support 2,000.00 

Total non-local tax receipts for school support 121,277.00 

Amount to be raised by local taxation for 

support of schools $357,313.00 



80 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



ACTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

Proposed Budget for 1959 
January 1 - December 31, 1959 

Salaries — Instructional 

Present Faculty $179,528.00 

Additional Needs — three teachers 5,000.00 

Two part-time secretaries 2,520.00 

Substitutes 2,500.00 

Miscellaneous 600.00 

Total Salaries — Instructional $190,148.00 

Books and Supplies 

Acton Elementary School $5,790.00 

Julia L. McCarthy Primary School 5,865.00 

Total Books and Supplies $11,655.00 

Operation of Plants 

Present New 

Facilities School 

Custodians $9,050.00 $3,600.00 $12,650.00 

Fuel 4,400.00 2,500.00 6,900.00 

Supplies 1,200.00 500.00 1,700.00 

Water 300.00 100.00 400.00 

Gas 400.00 150.00 550.00 

Electricity 3,200.00 1,750.00 4,950.00 

Telephones 425.00 80.00 505.00 

Miscellaneous 500.00 500.00 

$19,475.00 $8,680.00 
Total Operation of 

Plants $28,155.00 

Maintenance of Plants 

MAINTENANCE OF 

PLANTS $2,500.00 

Auxiliary Agencies 

Library — Primary School $325.00 

Promotion of Health — School Physician 400.00 

— School Nurse 2,050.00 

Health Supplies 100.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 81_ 

Printing and Advertising 50.00 

Transportation 18,825.00 

Miscellaneous 300.00 

Total Auxiliary Agencies $22,050.00 

General Control 

Administrative Salaries $6,960.00 

Attendance Officer 50.00 

Conference Attendance by Superintendent 150.00 

Stationery, Postage, Supplies 300.00 

School Committee 250.00 

Miscellaneous 500.00 

Total General Control $8,210.00 

CAPITAL OUTLAY $3,000.00 

CONTINGENCY FUND $400.00 



Summary 

Salaries — Instructional $190,148.00 

Books and Supplies 11,655.00 

Operation of Plants 28,155.00 

Maintenance of Plants 2,500.00 

Auxiliary Agencies 22,050.00 

General Control 8,210.00 

Capital Outlay 3,000.00 

Contingency Fund 400.00 

$266,118.00 



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GRADUATION EXERCISES 

JUNE 13, 1958 



Salutatorian 
Valedictorian 
Scholarship Awards: 

West Acton Woman's Club 
Sandra Morton 

Acton Center Woman's Club 
Harrison Annable 

Acton Parent Teachers Association 
Jeanne Steele 

Maynard Rotary Club 

Maryann Notargiacomo 

Acton Firemen's Association 
Roberta Davis 
Gregor Prentice 

Acton High School Scholarship Fund 
Joanne Steele 

Acton Lions Club 
Roberta Davis 

Acton Teachers Association 
Caroline Kangas 

Other Awards: 

Bausch and Lomb Medal 
Joanne Steele 

Rensselaer Medal 
John Lyons 

Daughters of American Revolution Award 
Roberta Davis 

Outstanding Senior 
Howard Clausen 

American Legion Medals for Scholarship, 
and Achievement 
Margaret Daniels 
James Howe 

Harvard Club of Concord Book Prize 
Robert Nylander 



Gregor B. Prentice 
Roberta Davis 



University of Massachusetts 

University of Massachusetts 

Simmons College 

Salem Teachers College 

Bates College 
University of Massachusetts 

Pembroke College 

Bates College 

Massachusetts School of Art 



Loyalty 



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University of Massachusetts Mathematics Award 
Joanne Steele 

National Honor Society Members: 

Seniors: Roberta Davis, Donna M. Hollowell, 
Caroline V. Kangas, John J. Lyons 
Diana P. McKinstry, Maryann T. Notargiacomo, 
Gregor B. Prentice, Jeanne E. Steele, 
Joanne L. Steele. 

Juniors: Janice D. Hill, George H. Hollywood, 
Robert H. Nylander, Elizabeth A. Roach 



CLASS OF 1958 



Harrison Thacher Annable 
Shirle)^ Anne Armstrong 
Margaret Eileen Ashline 
Rebecca Elaine Beech 
Charles Richard Breen 
Bernard Alfred Caouette 
Sandra Lee Christofferson 
Howard William Clausen 
James Patrick Coughlin 
Rosemary Cullinane 
Anne Marie Daniels 
Margaret Mary Daniels 
James Bishop Davis 
Roberta Davis 
Rosemarie DiDuca 
Kathleen Ann Dow 
John Joseph Downey 
Edward Martin Duggan 
Tr^^ing Sylvester Duren, III 
John Robert Erikson 
William Dixon Fowler 
Harr)^ David Freeman 
John Richard Harbage 
Donna Marie Hollowell 
Tames Douglas Howe 
Caroline Vally Kangas 
Francis James Kelley 



Charles Wilson Kimball 
Frederic Drew Knippel 
Kenneth Denis Lazaro 
Sandra Jean Leavitt 
John Charles Leonard 
Bradley Peter Lortz 
John Joseph Lyons 
Diana Phylis McKinstry 
Sandra Luella Morton 
Maryann Theresa Notargiacomo 
Helen Sandra O'Neal 
Ralph Frederick Parsons 
Nancy Anne Pederson 
Therese Louise Poirier 
Gregor Boyd Prentice 
Alice Clarke Reese 
Donnajean Rines 
David Bennett Roth 
Peter King Schontag 
Ellen Mary Staples 
Jeanne Elizabeth Steele 
Joanne Louise Steele 
Carole Anne Stevens 
Kevin Barry Sweeney^ 
Martha Ann Winslow 
Judith Gates Woodhead 



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ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 



Proposed Budget for 1959 
Januaty 1 - December 31, 1959 



General Control 



School Committee Expenses $200.00 

Administrative Salaries 7,560.00 

Supervisor of Attendance 50.00 

Stationery, Postage, Supplies 400.00 

Conference Attendance by Superintendent .. 150.00 

School Census 200.00 

Magazines, Books, Dues 50.00 

Bonding Treasurer 300.00 

State Audit 130.00 

Miscellaneous 400.00 

TOTAL GENERAL CONTROL 59,440.00 

Expenses of Instruction 

Present Facult)- $168,208.00 

Additional needs — 1 teacher .. 2,000.00 

Substitutes 2,500.00 

NEACSS Evaluation — serv-ices 

of visiting committee 500.00 

Miscellaneous 600.00 

TOTAL SALARIES $173,808.00 



Textbooks 

Art $50.00 

Business 160.00 

English 785.70 

Guidance 100.00 

Home Economics 75.00 

Industrial Arts 100.00 

Languages 458.40 

Mathematics 315.00 

Music 400.00 

Orientation 120.00 

Remedial Reading 186.60 

Science 497.30 

Social Studies 430.00 

Miscellaneous 500.00 

TOTAL TEXTBOOKS $4,178.00 



90 



223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Instructional Supplies (Specific) 

Art $900.00 

Audio-Visual Aids 300.00 

English 50.00 

Guidance 550.00 

Home Economics 800.00 

Industrial Arts 800.00 

Music 826.00 

Physical Education 400.00 

Remedial Reading 60.00 

Science 600.00 

Total Supplies (Specific) $5,286.00 

Instructional Supplies (Gen- 
eral) 2,000.00 

TOTAL EXPENSES OF IN- 
STRUCTION $185,272.00 

Operation of Plant 

Custodians $12,000.00 

Fuel 5,700.00 

Gas 550.00 

Insurance 2,500.00 

Light 5,200.00 

Plowing 600.00 

Supplies 2,500.00 

Telephone 1,200.00 

Water 300.00 

Miscellaneous 1,000.00 

TOTAL OPERATION OF 

PLANT $31,550.00 

Maintenance of Plant 

Instructional Equipment $400.00 

General Maintenance Equipment 1,500.00 

TOTAL MAINTENANCE 

OF PLANT $1,900.00 



Auxiliary Agencies 

Transportation (Field Trips) 

School Physician 

School Nurse 

Health Supplies 

Library 



$250.00 
300.00 

2,050.00 
150.00 

1,250.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 91 



School Car (Insurance, Excise 

Tax) 180.00 

Graduation 200.00 

Printing and Advertising 40.00 

Middlesex County Retirement 

System Assessment 500.00 

Miscellaneous 250.00 



TOTAL AUXILIARY 

AGENCIES $5,170.00 



Outlay 



Landscaping $300.00 

Musical Instruments 1,492.00 

Miscellaneous 500.00 



TOTAL OUTLAY $2,292.00 

Cost of Transportation 20,450.00 

Special Charges 6,566.00 

Miscellaneous 200.00 

Recapitulation 

General Control $9,440.00 

Expenses of Instruction 185,272.00 

Operation of Plant 31,550.00 

Maintenance of Plant 1,900.00 

Auxiliary Agencies 5,170.00 

Outlay 2,292.00 

Cost of Transportation 20,450.00 

Special Charges 6,566.00 

Miscellaneous 200.00 

Total $262,840.00 

Capital Cost, Debt Ser\^ice 119,015.00 

Non-Classified 

School Athletic Fund 2,800.00 



GRAND TOTAL $384,655.00 

Gross Operating Budget $262,840.00 

Less (1) Bal. of 1958 Op. Budget $8,732.95 
(2) 1957-58 Transportation 

Reimbursement 14,964.60 23,697.55 

$239,142.45 



92 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Debt Service 

Interest on Maturing Debt $39,015.00 

Maturing Debt $80,000.00 

Less: State Aid 48,000.00 

$32,000.00 

Non-Classified 

School Athletic Fund $2,800.00 



$312,957.45 



APPORTIONMENT OF THE CHARGES TO BE ASSESSED 
AGAINST THE TOWNS OF ACTON AND BOXBOROUGH 

Acton 

* Operating Expenses, 87.6% of 

$234,867.45** $205,743.89 

Cost of Transportation $14,250.00 

Less Reimbursement 9,975.00 4,275.00 

Debt Service, 95% of $71,015.00 67,464.25 

Non-Classified, 87.6% of $2,800.00 2,452.80 



$279,935.94 



Boxborough 

* Operating Expenses, 12.4% of 

$234,867.45** $29,123.56 

Cost of Transportation $4,989.60 

Less Reimbursement 4,989.60 0.00 

Debt Service, 5% of $71,015.00 .... 3,550.75 

Non-Classified, 12.4% of $2,800.00 347.20 



$33,021.51 



$312,957.45 



* Acton Student Enrollment 10/1/1958 465 

Boxborough Student Enrollment 10/1/58 dd 

** Gross Operating Budget less $8,732.95 $254,107.05 

Less Combined Acton and Boxborough Cost 

of Transportation (Contract amounts) 19,239.60 



$234,867.45 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 93 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

Treasurer's Report 
December 31, 1958 

Balance, December 31, 1957 $139,152.69 

Receipts, 1958: 

Town of Acton $240,924.73 

Town of Boxborough 28,333.46 

State Aid for Construction 48,509-35 

Federal Aid 2,892.72 

Transportation Reimbursement 14,964.60 

School Lunch 32,843.48 

School Athletics 859.03 

Tuition 317.88 

Refunds 90.01 

Miscellaneous 269.81 

Total Receipts $370,005.07 

Total $509,157.76 



Disbursements, 1958: 

Maintenance and Operation: 

General Control $8,208.56 

Expenses of Instruction 163,542.31 

Operation of Plant 30,488.24 

Maintenance of Plant 709.00 

Auxiliary Agencies 4,188.98 

Outlay 138.55 

Cost of Transportation 20,065.60 

Miscellaneous 147.81 

School Lunch 32,026.23 

School Athletics 2,461.80 

School Construction 6,358.96 

Payment on Principal 80,000.00 

Interest on Bonds 41,280.00 

Furnishings and Equipment — Miscellaneous 4,045.52 

Total Disbursements $393,661.56 



Balance, December 31, 1958 $115,496.20 



SECTION C 

Archives Committee 95 

Board of Appeals 95 

Building Committee 96 

Building Inspector 96 

Cemetery Commissioners 97 

Dog Officer 97 

Fence Viewers 98 

Fire Department 98 

Goodnow Fund TOO 

Health 101 

Industrial Development Committee 105 

Inspector of Animals 106 

Inspector of Wires 107 

Library 107 

Moth Superintendent 108 

Planning Board 109 

Sealer of Weights and Measures Ill 

Superintendent of Streets 112 

Town Forest Committee 114 

Tree Warden 115 

Welfare 115 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 95 



ARCHIVES COMMITTEE — REPORT FOR 1958 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Microfilming bids were secured and a start was made on micro- 
filming the town records and documents, in accordance with the vote of 
the town at the Town Meetings in 1957 and 1958. This work is being 
done by Graphic Microfilm of New England, Inc. Early historical 
documents, town meeting records from the date of incorporation through 
1957, records of births, deaths and marriages. Town Clerk's maps and 
historical maps, some historical letters are among material already micro- 
filmed. Further work of this type will be continued in 1959. 

During the year further investigations were made with a view 
toward locating certain records of apparent concern. It is evident that 
many important documents are not readily obtainable. 

As reported previously there is a need for facilities for public display 
of pictures and documents of historical value and local interest. The 
thought has been expressed that this might be accomplished through the 
formation by interested citizens of a Historical Societ)'. 

The Committee feels that a program should be initiated for a more 
systematic procedure for securing and preserving records and maps of 
concern to the town. Along with this is a need for more storage space 
and fireproof facilities. A recommendation is made that planning be 
directed toward this end. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FREDERICK S. KENNEDY, Chairman 
DONALD P. FELT 
JOYCE H. WOODHEAD 



BOARD OF APPEALS 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen; 

The Acton Board of Appeals herewith submits its annual report for 
the year 1958. 

Carol H. Flagg was appointed m March for a three year term. 
Hayward S. Houghton was appointed an alternate for a three year term. 

During the year the Board held four public hearings. A request for 
a variance from the Protective Zoning By-law was denied, two permits 
for loam removal were granted restrictions, and one special permit was 
granted by the power given the Board under Sec. Ill, Para. 1, of the 
Protective Zoning By-law. 

Respectfully submitted, 

OTTO PASANEN, Chairman 
EDWARD M. FERRY, 
CAROL H. FLAGG, 



96 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



REPORT OF THE TOWN BUILDING COMMITTEE 

During the past year, the Town Building Committee has completed 
the West Acton Fire Station within the appropriation allowed and with 
a small balance left over. 

The Elementary School on Charter Road is 75% completed. The 
building should be done by April 1 and the grounds by June 1. 

We wish to thank all the departments and persons who worked 
with us in the past year for their co-operation and assistance. 

Respectfully submitted, 

KENNETH JEWELL, Chairman 
LLOYD PRIEST 

NORMAN Mcintosh 

ROBERT LORTZ 



BUILDING INSPECTOR 



Board of Selectmen 
Town of Acton 



I herewith submit my report for the year ending December 31, 1958. 
Permits Issued 

Business 16 

Industrial 8 

Dwellings 137 

Additions 55 

Total 216 

Expenses 

Wages and Travel $2,200.00 

Expenses 123.70 

Total $2,323.70 

Receipts 

Fees for permits $3,338.00 

Building code sold 17.00 

Total $3,355.00 

All receipts were turned over to the Town Treasurer. 
Respectfully submitted, 

ALBERT E. FOSTER, 

Buildhjg Inspector. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 97 

ACTON CEMETERY DEPARTMENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen; 

We hereby submit the following report for the year ending Decem- 
ber 31, 1958. 

The account of the Town Treasurer shows that during the past 
year the Cemetery Department has received and paid into the treasur)' 
the sum of §2,835.00 which can be found itemized in the treasurer's 
report. Also in the Town Collector's report you will iind sum of 
$681.00 collected for the annual care of lots, which is credited to the 
Cemetery Department receipts. 

There has been added to the perpetual care account and in special 
funds, the past year the sum of $6,125.00, this means that from these 
three accounts the department has received and turned over to the 
treasury the total sum of $9,641.00. 

We wish to express our appreciation to the trustees of the Varnum 
Tuttle Fund, for their co-operation in the repairs made to the Woodlawn 
Chapel and also to the improvements made to the grounds, around the 
Chapel, by setting out shade trees and shrubs. They have also made 
arrangements to make further improvements in the year 1959. 

We have submitted an article for the Annual Town Meeting, deal- 
ing with enlarging Mt. Hope Cemetery, by laying out several new sec- 
tions in the new part of the cemetery, as there are very few lots left in 
the present cemetery, in fact there are no single grave sections available 
at the present time. 

Respectfully submitted, 

HARLAN E. TUTTLE, 
HOWARD F. JONES, 
HARRY E. HOLT, 

Cemetery Commissioners. 



REPORT OF THE DOG OFFICER 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year ending 1958. 

Calls and complaints investigated 92 

Dogs picked up unlicensed 51 

Dogs destroyed 26 



169 
Respectfully submitted, 

CARL W. FLINT, 

Dog Officer 



98 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 

REPORT OF THE FENCE VIEWERS 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Your committee on Fence Viewing for the Town of Acton reports 
no activity in partition fences for the year 1958. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALLAN R. MURRAY, 
LAURENCE HADLEY, 
LOUIS F. LEVERONI, 

Fence Viewers. 



REPORT OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I hereby submit my twenty-sixth annual report of the Fire Depart- 
ment for the year ending December 31, 1958. 

Total number of alarms responded to are as follows: 

Residential 16 

Non-Residential 2 

Mercantile 2 

Manufacturing 2 

Miscellaneous 3 

Grass and Brush 12 

Automobile, etc 9 

False Alarms 3 

Smoke scares and honest mistakes 15 

Accidents and Emergencies 21 

Out of Town 3 

88 

Loss to buildings $11,996.11 

Loss to contents 3,013.83 

Loss to automobiles 1,000.00 

$16,009.94 

Permits Issued: 

Oil and Power Burners 91 

Bottled Gas 19 

Blasting 40 

Open Air Fires 657 

Inspections and Investigations 7l6 

1,523 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 99 

Collected for Oil, Gas and Blasting Permits $74.00 

Collected on fires 14.40 

Miscellaneous Cash Collections 46.00 

Collected Rents at Station #1 60.00 



$194.40 

The new fire station has been completed at 256 Central Street, West 
Acton and is occupied by the West Acton Company. This building is a 
substantial improvement to the fire department not only its outside 
appearance but also it is a good substantial and practical building with 
ample room for expansion and the taxpayers can rest assured that their 
money is well invested. 

This station houses 1 Rescue Truck, 1-500 gallon pumper and a new 
arrival this year which is a 750 gallon pumper equipped with a 500 gallon 
water tank, 400 feet of 1 inch hose, 500 feet of 11/2 inch hose, 1,400 feet 
of 2 1/2 inch hose, foam eductor and a 11/2 inch pre-connected live line. 

Also in this station, a new fire alarm system has been installed 
which is the latest in modern alarm apparatus with plent)' of room for 
expansion. It meets the underwriters requirements for a Type B Fire 
Alarm System. 

The new Fire Chief's car was purchased and put into ser\'ice 
May 26, 1958 and has proved beneficial to the department both in 
efficiency and economy. The equipment carried in this car consists of 
first aid fire fighting apparatus, self contained air mask, and various 
small spare units used by the department. 

An auxiliary power unit was purchased for use at fire alarm 
headquarters in case of power failure. 

This year we complied with more recommendations of the Fire 
Underwriters as follows: 

14 Half of this was accomplished by replacing old Engine *4 
with a new 750 gallon pumping engine. 

15 That pumping engine be tested at least annually and after 
extensive repairs. 

16a Add to the equipment, powerful stream appliances such as 

deluge set or turret gun, foam equipment, cellar pipes, 
distributing nozzles and facilities for siamesing lines at fires. 

I6b Small steam appliances such as hand extinguishers for all 

classes of fires, fog and spray nozzles for 2I/2 inch, 11/2 inch 
and booster hose lines. 

20a Replacing Fire Station at West Acton. 

22 Fire prevention — Inspection of buildings. 

25 Providing fireproof quarters for Fire Alarm Apparatus. 



100 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 

26a and b Replacing old fire alarm with approved Type B system. 

27 Indicating devices installed at alarm headquarters to give 

warning of diminution of current, open circuits and grounds. 

30 Testing circuits — batteries — inside and outside circuits 

and boxes periodically. 

1959 PROGRAM 

Stabilization Fund — $6,000.00. 

Painting inside of Center Fire Station — $575.00. This is a main- 
tenance project, as when it was built eight years ago it had only one 
coat of paint. 

Fire alarm system, an increase of $1,000.00 to set up a definite plan 
of replacing and installing fire alarm boxes each year as recommended 
by the Fire Underwriters. I feel this plan will work out better for a long 
range program than asking for $2,500.00 one year and maybe $3,500.00 
another year. 

A new fire station is scheduled for South Acton in I960. I recom- 
mend that as soon as the school in South Acton is vacated, the property 
be taken back by the Town and preparation made for its use by the fire 
department. 

Your fire department is in good condition, all apparatus and other 
equipment is kept in repair and always ready for emergency use. 

In closing, I wish to thank all the firemen for their excellent 
co-operation in responding to alarms, drills, meetings, training schools and 
the support they have given me throughout the years. Also I wish to 
thank the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee and any and all others 
who have contributed to the support and operation of the Fire Department. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. S. MacGREGOR, 

Chief of Fire DeparttnetJt. 



REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE GOODNOW FUND 

For the year ending December 31, 1958 

INVESTMENTS 

Charlestown Savings Bank $465.54 

Concord Co-operative Bank 3,000.00 

$3,465.54 

RECEIPTS 

Charlestown Savings Bank $15.12 

Concord Co-operative Bank 97.52 

$112.64 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 101 



EXPENDITURES 

Treasurer of the Evangelical Qiurch in Acton S92.64 

Town of Acton for perpetual care of Goodnow 

Lot in Woodlawn Cemetery 20.00 

$112.64 



THELMA L. BOATMAN, 
ROY H. LINDSCOTT, 
JAMES N. GATES, 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund. 



REPORT OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Gentlemen : 

The Board of Health herewith submits its report for the year ending 
December 31, 1958, together with the reports of other departments 
connected with them. 

In February 1958 Dr. O. L. Clark, who had been a member of the 
Board for many years and its Chairman for twenty years, resigned to 
take up new residence in Florida. His many years of faithful services 
to Acton will long be remembered by those who have known and were 
associated with him. We wish many more years of health and happiness 
in the future for you "Doc." Clark. The Board voted him an honorary 
member and presented him with a badge of merit. 

During the year the Board has resolved some drainage problems. 
The most important, which has been a source of confusion for a long 
time, is the Faulkner Dam at South Acton. In the Fall of 1958 the 
water le\'el at the Dam was lowered with the cooperation of its owner 
Mr. Henry Erikson. This has already proved to be of benefit. 

All public buildings, industrial plants etc. constructed in the Town 
are now supervised by the State and local Board pertaining to sanitation. 
The services of the State Sanitarian is of no expense to the Town and 
is of great assistance to the local Board. His service is used by the 
Board of Health on all subdivisions and drainage problems. The 
Board of Health advises that all Septic Tanks be cleaned every two 
years to keep them in good operation. If left too long it may ruin the 
complete system. 

The Board does not recommend the installation of garbage disposal 
units as most of the sewerage systems are not designed for their use. 
Any one desiring to install one shall obtain from the Board of Health 
a permit to do so to determine adequate tank size and drainage. 

Arthur J. Conquest of West Acton was appointed dump custodian 
in February, 1958. 



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Three mosquito sprayings were given the Town last year. This was 
effected under a separate article of the Town Warrant but due to apparent 
acceptance by the people this project has been inserted this year as a 
budget item of the Board of Health. We hope to be able to continue this 
project in the best interests of the Town's people. 

This year we have inserted two articles in the Town Warrant: 

The first: To set up a Town By-Law making it mandatory to cover 
or fill in all abandoned wells. This is for the general health and safety 
of children playing in these areas. 

The second: To form a committee to start sewerage planning in the 
Town. We feel the Town will be faced with this project in the near 
future. If the Town had a workable survey of this project it would then 
be possible for the Board of Health to advise builders accordingly. Such 
a survey would also designate the areas in the Town where the necessary 
fields would be installed. The Town could then purchase these areas and 
post them as future available sites of sewage disposal. We feel that this 
land will be more readily purchased at a lower price at this time rather 
than after buildings and subdivisions have been created in these areas. 
It would also be a warning to those building in these areas, if and when 
the Town installs a sewerage system. Such a sur\^ey, dependent as it is 
upon the contours of the land, would be, once accomplished, of perma- 
nent value and useful to further comprehensive planning for the Town. 

There are ninety-six cases of contagious diseases which are danger- 
ous to the public health, reported during the year 1958. 

Cases Reported: 

Chicken pox 41 

Mumps 3 

Dog bites 28 

German Measles 3 

Scarlet fever 2 

Tuberculosis 2 

Measles 8 

Syphilis 4 

Whooping cough 5 

All communicable diseases should be reported either by an attending 
physician or the householder, (Chapter 111, General Laws of Massa- 
chusetts) . 

We have no cases of tuberculosis in hospitals at present. 

The following applications for permits were received. 

Sewerage (New construction) 124 

Sewerage (Old construction) 59 

Two or three inspections are required on each of these. 

Total amount collected for these $3,395.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 103 



Burial permits issued 14 

Offal permits issued 3 

Overnight Cabins permits issued 2 

Methyl alcohol permits 11 

Kindergartens and Nursery Schools 6 

Rest Homes inspected 3 

Swimming holes inspected 1 

The following is the report of the Food, Water and Milk Inspector: 

Eating places inspected 5 

Catering establishments 2 

Stores where milk, etc. is sold 16 

Milk licenses issued 16 

Milk dealers licenses issued 13 

Water samples were taken of Town water and from other places 
when the Board of Health considered it necessary. 

The following is the report of the Plumbing inspector: 
There were 189 permits issued: 

Amount collected $1,562.50 

The total amount received and deposited with the 

Town Treasurer for the year 1958 $5,833.00 

The Board of Health wishes to thank all other departments for their 
cooperation and to any one who contributed to its program for the year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MARTIN J. DUGGAN, R.N., Chairman 
DONNELL W. BOARDMAN, M.D. 
ROBERT C HEUSTIS 



To the Board of Health: 

I hereby submit my report for the year ending December 31, 1958. 

Total number of calls made 1,985 

Total number of calls made for: 
Old Age 
General Welfare 
Aid to Dependent Children 
Veterans, Veterans' Widows or their dependents 
Social Security Disability persons 822 

Total number of paid medical and surgical calls 715 

Total number of follow-up calls 128 

Total number of emergency (Sunday and off duty 

calls) 59 

Total number of maternity and child health calls 103 

Prenatal 43 



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Postnatal 53 

Home deliveries 2 

Calls for communicable diseases: 

Chicken pox 5 

Mumps 1 

Scarlet fever 2 

German measles 5 

Tuberculosis patients and contacts 36 

Trips to hospitals and doctors with patients 10 

Public Health Clinics held during the year in cooperation with the 
School Department are as follows : 

Diphtheria Clinics — Schick testing of grades 

1, 3, and 5 243 

Immunizations 9 

Booster Diphtheria 12 

Dental Clinic held each month except August by 

Dr. John Albright 108 appts. 

The Tuberculin testing program initiated this year 
included the 1, 4, 7 and 11th grades. There 
were 13 positive reactions from the 498 chil- 
dren and personnel tested. This group of 
positive reactors will be X-rayed and checked 
further for tuberculosis. 

Polio inoculations were given to only 3 preschool children. 
Vaccinations 1 by Doctor 

Total amount of fees received and turned over to 

Town Treasurer $818.50 

I wish to thank the many people and organizations in Acton who 
have helped and contributed so much to the welfare of other residents 
during the year. I am sorry I cannot list them all here but I would like to 
thank Dr. David L. Smith for helping us with the clinic program during 
the leave of absence of Dr. Paul Gates, our Public Health Doctor. 
Many thanks also to Miss Barbara Clemence, R.N. school nurse, Mrs. 
Hazel Vose, R.N. and Mrs. Marion Mulvany, R.N. for their help and 
cooperation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EILEEN F. HALE, R.N., 

Town Nurse. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 105 

SECOND ANNUAL REPORT 

OF 

THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE 

January 12, 1959 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Last year's report included three specific recommendations. What 
has been done to implement these recommendations and what new areas 
have commanded our attention? 

Your Committee suggested adoption of an Industrial G)de to protect 
existing industry and present residents of Acton by insuring that future 
industries would live up to the fine standards of character and appearance 
voluntarily maintained by companies already with us. We also recom- 
mended investigation of "comprehensive planning" as a flexible guide for 
the long term development of our Town. Planning for a proper balance 
between desirable industrial-commercial land areas and residential areas, 
as well as the analysis of other basic factors affecting the tax rate were 
of particular interest to us. We are happy on both counts to support 
wholeheartedly the Planning Board's article concerning Master Planning 
in the Town Warrant for the 1959 Annual Town Meeting. Our reasons 
were spelled-out in our report of last year and in our remarks before the 
Special Town Meeting of November 1958. That we are not alone in our 
promotion of long range planning is evidenced by the fact that at least 
50 towns in Massachusetts have already undertaken or approved such 
planning (under Federal aid) while 55 others have expressed interest. 
Among the former are such familiar names as Bedford, Billerica, Con- 
cord, Maynard, Tewksbury, Wayland, Weston, Wilmington, and Lincoln. 
For Acton to delay at this crucial point in its growth pattern is to abandon 
^he idea entirely. 

So much for the questions of setting apart more desirable industrial 
areas and placing basic restrictions on their use. Our third recommenda- 
tion last year related to companies interested in locating on presently 
zoned industrial land. Our major activity here has involved investigation 
of serious problems affecting potential new industry. Water is a prime 
question mark. Discussions with the Water Commissioners have revealed 
that no new process industry could apparently be served within the 
present capacity of the Water District. The number of house lots already 
approved by the Planning Board places a large future drain on the supply. 
Furthermore, our largest open industrial tract does not even lie within 
the Water District. Our comments in this area will be submitted shortly 
and Master Planning would also include a study of this very fundamental 
problem. 

Another large industrial tract — located on Rte. 2 between Piper 
Road and Hosmer Street — was recently the first choice for location of a 
research unit of a nationally known electronics firm. It was rejected for 
only one reason: access to Rte. 2 may be entirely cut-off under present 
Massachusetts highway plans. We recommend immediate efforts to revise 



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these plans so that the area will be restored to its proper level of high 
industrial desirability. 

A lack of conveniently available information about Acton's industrial 
climate should, we hope, be partially met by two projects now nearing 
completion. Our questionnaire to the 211 businesses and industries in 
Acton should provide a picture of the size and type of units now here, 
their effect upon Acton's tax base, and their opinions regarding Acton's 
assets and liabilities. Our map study locating all industrial tracts and 
identifying their usage, acreage, ownership, and availability should show 
graphically what Acton has to offer. Both should contribute substantially 
toward development of a fact booklet on Acton. Of course, willingness 
on the part of the land owner to set a marketable price on his industrially 
zoned land is fundamental but this is a fact which cannot be guaranteed 
when such land is zoned or re-zoned. 

Finally your Committee is happy to note that the Acton Chamber 
of Commerce is now a going concern. (Ed. Note: a member of this 
Committee, Frederick W. Abbt, has been elected first president of the 
Chamber.) The idea was born within this committee but the charter 
members themselves took full responsibility and are due full credit for 
the very auspicious beginning. By stimulating the interest of all business- 
men and industrialists in the problems facing Acton now and in the 
future, the Chamber should make a notable contribution toward the intelli- 
gent solution of these problems. 

May we now solicit through you, the Selectmen, the interest and 
opinions of all citizens of Acton in our work. This is your Acton of 
which we write. 

Respectfully submitted. 



FREDERICK 


W. ABBT 


A. L. BECK 




FREDERICK 


H. BUBIER 


STEPHEN E. 


LORD 


RICHARD J. 


O'NEIL 



PAUL H. LESURE, Chairman 



REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year ending 1958. 

Premises inspected 46 

Cows 142 

Young Cattle 34 

Bulls 2 

Steer 9 

Swine 2 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 107 



Sheep 27 

Goats 15 

Horses 37 

Ponies 20 

Dog Bites 38 

Dogs Quarantined 38 

Rabies 

Respectfully submitted, 

CARL W. FLINT, 

Animal Inspector. 



REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF WIRES 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report as Inspector of Wires for the year 
ending December 31, 1958. 

Three hundred permits were issued. The sum of one thousand 
one hundred sixteen dollars and thirty-four cents ($1,116.34) was col- 
lected in fees for these permits, and turned over to the Treasurer. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LEO PARKE, 

Inspector of Wires. 



LIBRARIAN'S REPORT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit the following report for 1958. 

Board of Trustees 

Mrs. Florence Durkee Dudley Howe 

Alden C. Flagg, Chairman Roland MacLean 

W. W. Forbes, M.D. Miss Florence Merriam 

Frank Garbarino Mrs. M. P. Moore 

Marvin Tolf 

Library Hours 

Acton Memorial West Branch 

Tuesday - Saturday (incl.) Tuesday 3-6 P. M. 

1 - 6 P. M. and 7 - 9 P. M. Thursday 6-8 P. M. 



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Librarians 



Marian L. Piper 

Edna R. Custance (assistant) 

Clara Roth (alternate assistant) 

Ina Milbery — West Branch 



Custodian 






Ralph Parsons 






Accession 






Number of Volumes in Library January 1, 1958 

Increase by purchase 

Increase by gift 

Withdrawn 

Number of Volumes in Library January 1, 1959 




20,367 
516 

175 
285 

20,773 


Circulation in 1958 




38,416 


Fiction 

Non-fiction 

Juvenile 


20,016 

6,976 

11,424 




Circulation in 1957 




39,379 


Receipts 






Fines 
Miscellaneous 


$487.72 
19.60 



Total $507.32 

Sincere thanks are extended to the Acton Grange for a gift of two 
memorial plates and also to our friends who donated books and magazines. 

MARIAN L. PIPER, 

Librarian. 



REPORT OF THE MOTH SUPERINTENDENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1958. The Department 
removed 34 trees infected with Dutch Elm Disease this year. A dormant 
spray for the control of Elm bark beetle was applied in May. A later 
foliage spray was applied for the leaf eating insects. 

Our mist blower was mounted on a trailer this year. This enables 
us to use our truck for other work during the spray season when it is 
too windy or rainy to spray. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRANKLIN H. CHARTER, 

Aioth Superinfendeiit. 



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REPORT OF THE ACTON PLANNING BOARD 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The year 1958 has been an active one for the Planning Board. 
The main activity has been the administration of the Subdivision Control 
Law and the improvement of the Town's regulation thereunder. Of the 
31 groups and individuals that have met with the Board during the year, 
21 have been subdividers or their representatives. New subdivisions 
approved during 1958 were: 

Lawrence O. Nichols: Acton Manor, off of Route 27, South Acton 
Construction and Development Corp.: Off of Route 111 in West 

Acton 
James A. Carrig: Off Nagog Hill Road, Acton Centre 
Erwin D. Putnam: Off School Street and Hosmer Streets, South 

Acton 
Real Estate Corp. Inc. : Off Conant Street, South Acton 

As time has gone by, it has become obvious that the original sub- 
division regulations were inadequate and that the best interests of the 
town required their revision. Work on this was started in 1957 but it 
was not until December 8, 1958 that all formalities were completed and 
they were delivered to the Town Clerk for recording. They were 
recorded December 9, 1958. Copies of these rules and regulations are 
available at the Town Hall for a fee of 50 (t. 

The Board, at the Special Town Meeting, November 17, 1958, 
recommended the acceptance of tu'ent)'-two roads. At the time the 
articles were drawn up it was expected that all twenty-two roads would 
be in condition for acceptance, but four were not completed as expected. 
These were passed over at the request of the Board. The Town Meeting 
voted to accept the other eighteen. 

Comprehensive Planning is a subject that has been given much 
thought by the Board. On April 21, 1958, members of the Boards of 
Selectmen and Health, the Industrial and Finance Committees and other 
town officers were invited to sit with the Planning Board and hear 
Mr. Leo Young of the Planning Division of the Massachusetts Depart- 
ment of Commerce discuss the subject. Representatives of the town 
agencies attending the meeting were unanimous in agreeing that the 
subject should be investigated further. 

Ten names of consultants from among those approved by the 
Massachusetts Department of Commerce were selected. These consultants 
were requested by letter to meet with the Planning Board and explain 
what they felt that they could do in setting up a long range planning 
program for the Town. Of these, nine indicated interest while one was 
already completed committed. He was replaced, however, by another 
consultant recommended by the Department of Commerce. During June, 
July and August the Planning Board listened to representatives of these 
ten consulting firms. The Board then selected the four firms whose 



110 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



presentations seemed of particular interest and asked them to submit 
definite proposals with estimated costs. On September 22, 1958 the 
proposals were opened. They ranged in price from $11,000 to 7,800. 
The Board has prepared and is presenting its recommendations in an 
article for the 1959 Annual Town Meeting Warrant. 

It must not be supposed that a comprehensive plan for the Town 
of Acton no matter how detailed will be the answer to all the Town's 
problems. While such a plan will go into many phases of the Town's 
activities and offer suggestions and ideas, it cannot be enacted into Town 
law as a whole. It will, however, serve as a guide when subjects within 
its scope come up for consideration. During the year the Planning Board 
presented six articles for rezoning to the Town Meeting. Three of these 
were adopted and three passed over. Of the latter, suffice to say that 
the Board felt that they, as a group represented good, long range planning. 

The Board has improved its own regulations. 

1. The agenda for regular meetings is now in the hands of the 
Clerk of the Planning Board. All requests to meet with the Board 
should be cleared through him. This should avoid confusion and con- 
gestion. 

2. Plans will be signed only at regular Board meetings. Plans 
believed not to require approval under the subdivision control law, need 
to be signed by only two board members before being filed with the 
Registry of Deeds and the Land Court. 

3. The regular meetings of the Board will continue to be on the 
first and third Mondays of the month. Changes in this schedule, when 
necessary, and notice of special meetings will be recorded for posting, 
with the Town Clerk, as far in advance as practicable. 

In the interest of improving our Town government, the Planning 
Board makes the following recommendations: 

1. That the scheduled Special Town Meeting held in November be 
continued. The fact that the meeting in 1958 required two adjournments 
indicates the continuing need. 

2. That consideration be given to employing a Town Engineer, 
on a consulting basis, to assist the Planning Board and other Town 
Boards and Departments. There is a real need for a trained and 
experienced man to assist in the technical aspects of subdivision planning, 
road maintenance and drainage. 

3. That the Town consider employing an administrative assistant 
to the Selectmen to whom might be assigned daily routine functions not 
only of the Selectmen but also of other Town Boards and Departments, 
thus freeing these bodies from routine details and permitting them to 
spend more time on policy making, planning, etc. An administrative 
assistant would be available during the working day for the convenience 
of the Town's people and not solely in the evening, as is currently 
necessary. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON TH 

4. Three articles on street numbering are being placed in the 
warrant. The Planning Board feels that it is very important that there 
be a systematic numbering of all houses, stores and factories to enable 
visitors, delivery men, etc. to locate buildings easily and quickly, but 
more particularly to prevent confusion in case of fire or other emergency. 
A few minutes delay by the Police or Fire Department in reaching the 
proper destination might be very costly. 

5. The Board believes that, in the future, performance bonds 
should be accepted only where a definite date for the completion of 
performance is established. 

6. It is recommended that the Annual Town Meeting be held 
prior to the election of Town Officers. This will permit Town Officials 
to explain or defend their policies while still in office and enable the 
electorate to vote after the various issues have been aired at the meeting. 

7. The Board also recommends that a study be made of that part of 
the zoning by-laws having to do with signs, with a view to clarifying the 
by-law and, making it more specific. 

As in the past, the Planning Board is very appreciative of the 
cooperation given by the various Boards, Committees and Departments 
of the Town. We welcome suggestions that will make for a better 
Acton. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CHARLES JUDD FARLEY, 
H. W. FLOOD, 
JOHN H. LORING, 
DAVID G. STUART, 
DAVID P. TINKER, 

The Acton Planning Board. 



REPORT OF THE SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1958. 

Total number Weights and Measure Units checked 174. 

Sealed 172 

Condemned 2 

174 

Total Sealing fees $138.90 

Respectfully submitted, 

GEORGE K. HAYWARD, 



Sealer of Weights and Measures. 



112 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 

REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year ending December 31, 1958. 
Chapter 90 — Construction 

The reconstruction of Main Street, from Central Street to Prospect 
Street, was completed with the exception of a small amount of grading 
and seeding which will be done as soon as weather permits. Due to the 
unexpected appearance of sub surface water, in a section on the East side 
of the street, about three hundred feet of side drain will be laid parallel 
to the road to drain off this water underground and eliminate the 
forming of ice on the road surface. 

The reconstruction of Powder Mill Road is the recommended 
project for 1959. This is a dangerous area and is becoming more 
dangerous due to the construction of the bridge at the Concord line and 
the recent widenings of the Maynard and Concord sections of this road. 

Chapter 90 — Maintenance 

The sum of $5,000.00 was expended for the resurfacing of three 
miles of the nineteen miles of Chapter 90 Roads. The cost of preparing 
these roads for oiling comes out of Chapter 81 money. This is done to 
increase the distance resurfaced. If Chapter 90 Maintenance money was 
used for preparing these roads, the distance done would not be more 
than one-half or about one and one-half miles per year, which is 
definitely not sufficient. 

Chapter 81 

The amount of $26,300.00 was allotted and expended under this 
account for the maintenance of sixty miles of road. 

Some of the items included in maintenance are grading, gravelling, 
and dust control for gravel roads, ledge, stump and sand removal, guard 
rail, patching and resurfacing. Patching and resurfacing are the major 
expenditures, averaging $20,000.00 per year. Approximately one-half 
of this amount is necessary for patching due to the lack of gravel base, 
the increase in traffic and the weight of industrial and commercial 
vehicles. 

The necessity of increasing the appropriation for this work is 
becoming more evident. We have forty-four miles of Chapter 81 roads 
and an average of six miles are oiled per year. This means that if we 
maintain this rate we will average oiling any given road approximately 
once every seven years. We have very few roads that consist of the 
proper base for allowing such a period of time to elapse between oilings. 
Some of our roads do not have a gravel base and if they are not oiled 
every three or four years they will become dry and break up to such an 
extent that they should be oiled two or three years running to prevent 
the complete loss of the surface. Oiling is a preventive, not a cure. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 113 



Chapter 718 

The sum of $6,000.00 of this account was expended for the con- 
struction of a sidewalk on Main Street and $7,413.55 was expended to 
flatten a curve on School Street. The balance of $3,031.40 is being 
requested to use on Taylor Road to lower a blind rise. 

Drainage 

A portion of this work included improvements to the drainage on 
the following streets: Central, Church, Conant, Hosmer, Main and 
Nashoba and the completion of a side drain on Ha)"ward Road. 

Last year our catch basins and drop inlets were cleaned with hired 
equipment at a considerable saving over hand labor. We now have 324 
catch basins and 38 drop inlets. It is hoped that in the near future we 
will be equipped to do this work ourselves. 

Equipment Purchased 

The new truck and plow purchased last year has increased our 
plowing units to nine. This figure includes the grader which at present 
is equipped with an old plow that we hope to replace this year. 

The purchase of a new sand spreader has increased our total sand- 
ing units to four and has cut our sanding and salting time to four hours. 
On the other hand, if it snows fast and heavy we would have to stop 
sanding in order to plow. This would leave the remaining streets 
unsanded until the plowing is completed. 

New Equipment Requested 

A new Rubber-Tired Backhoe-Loader is being requested this year. 
Some of its uses would include replacing old culverts, installing new 
drainage systems, stump and stone removal, and ditching. We have been 
hiring equipment for larger jobs and doing the smaller ones when 
necessary rather than waiting for a machine or having a machine waiting 
for us. There have been many times when we could have used a backhoe 
or loader if one had been available. 

The loader would be used for sand loading and snow work in case 
of heavy or frequent snow storms or a breakdown to our other loader. 

An attachment for cleaning catch basins would eliminate hiring 
equipment for this purpose. 

The purchase of a Diaphragm Pump is requested to replace our 
Centrifugal Pump. Our present one is old and worn and is not suited 
for working in mud or silt, making it necessary to hire a Diaphragm 
Type Pump for this kind of work. 

I suggest the purchase of a radio to be installed in our 1958 truck. 
It would be a time saver in many ways and would be invaluable during 
snow storms when tr)'ing to contact one of our plows for emergency use. 
It can take up to an hour to locate a plow that may be needed to help 



714 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



another plow or to open a road for an ambulance or fire apparatus in an 
area we have not reached. 

We have one radio installed in the Superintendent's pick up truck 
and in addition to Highway work it is used in connection with the 
Police and Fire Departments. 

The purchase of a pick up truck is advisable as the one now being 
used is the property of the Superintendent and is hired by the hour for 
Highway work. 

Miscellaneous 

A street sweeper was hired to remove the sand used during the 
winter and during the summer oiling from approximately one-half of 
our streets. This proved very satisfactory and is a saving in money and 
time. All the streets should be cleaned at least once a year and it can 
be done if more money is allotted for this purpose. 

In keeping with our long range plan of purchasing needed equip- 
ment based on maintaining an average yearly expenditure, we anticipate 
requesting a truck, plow, portable compressor, and sand spreader. 

Several new locations for the Highway Department Headquarters 
have been suggested and we anticipate being able to present these for 
consideration along with a suggested plan for a building, at the next 
annual meeting. 

I wish to express my sincere thanks to the townspeople and the 
several departments for their co-operation during the past year. 



Respectfully submitted, 



BENJAMIN F. RICE, 

Super'njtefide^it of Streets. 



REPORT OF THE TOWN FOREST COMMITTEE 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

This year our appropriation was used for pruning Pines and thinnmg 
m the Durkee Lot. Many of these trees are 35 or more years old and 
are crowding one another. 

The growth on young pines in the Texas lot was very good this 
year. The over-topping hardwoods were girdled previously and are no 
longer slowing the growth of the more valuable pines. 

Respectfully submitted. 

FRANKLIN H. CHARTER. 
EMERY NELSON, 
ARNO H. PERKINS, 

Town Forest Committee. 



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REPORT OF THE TREE WARDEN 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1958. The appearance of 
the lown is gradually changing with the removal of many of our old 
trees. The widening of streets and Dutch Elm Disease are the principle 
causes for this. We are replacing these trees where it is possible. 

The Department has removed the low hanging branches on the 
busier streets vhere most of the large trucks tra\'el. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRANKLIN H. CHARTER, 

Tree Warden. 



REPORT OF WELFARE DEPARTMENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Submitted herewith is the report of the Board of Public Welfare for 
the year 1958. 

OLD AGE ASSISTANCE: We have aided 69 cases under this 
categor)'. 12 new applications were received, of which 7 were approved. 

AID TO DEPENDENT CHILDREN: 34 children from 9 fam- 
ilies have been aided during the year. 

DISABILITY ASSISTANCE AND GENERAL RELIEF: 9 cases 
have received assistance either on a temporary or sustaining basis under 
this double heading. 

The following is a detailed analysis of the expenditure for the year 
1958 and the estimated expenditure for 1959. 

Old Age Assistance 

Amount paid to Acton residents S76,037.25 

Amount paid to Acton cases elsewhere 988.90 

S77,026.15 

Federal share $29,625.74 

State share 32,991.38 

Receipts from other towns 2,596.35 

$65,213.47 
Net cost to Acton Sll,812.68 



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Aid to Dependent Children 

Amount paid to Acton families $16,359.28 

Federal share $8,647.60 

State share 5,288.59 

$13,936.19 
Net cost to Acton $2,423.09 

Disability Assistance and General Relief 

Amount paid from DISABILITY ASSISTANCE $5,638.27 
Amount paid from GENERAL RELIEF 1,862.20 

$7,500.47 

Federal share on DISABILITY ASSISTANCE .... $1,^05.65 

State share on DISABILITY ASSISTANCE 2,523.08 

Reimbursement on GENERAL RELIEF from 

other towns 1,004.14 

$5,232.87 

Net cost to Acton $2,267.60 

Nashoba Public Welfare — Administration 

NASHOBA PUBLIC WELFARE — ADMINIS- 
TRATION $14,089.94 

Net cost to Acton $3,000.00 

Recovery from Lien on Real Estate 
RECOVERIES FROM LIENS ON PROPERTY $12,441.76 

Estimated Expenditure for 1959 

OLD AGE ASSISTANCE $59,000.00 

AID TO DEPENDENT CHILDREN $9,000.00 

DISABILITY ASSISTANCE AND GENERAL 

RELIEF $5,500.00 

NASHOBA DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION .. $3,000.00 

Respectfully submitted. 



LOSSIE E. LAIRD, Chain?imi 
CLINTON S. CURTIS 
RAYMOND A. GALLANT 



SECTION D 

Accountant 117 

Assessors 131 

Collector 132 

State Auditor's Report 137 

Treasurer 146 



SECTION D 

Accountant 117 

Assessors 131 

Collector 132 

State Auditor's Report 137 

Treasurer 146 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 117 



REPORT OF THE TOWN ACCOUNTANT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The reports that are submitted with this letter represent a summary 
of the disbursements authorized during the year, and a Balance Sheet of 
the Town on December 31, 1958. 

In 1958, payments were completed on the notes issued for the 
Blanchard Auditorium - Gymnasium construction, and Mohawk and 
Seneca Road Betterments. 

The 1959 amortization requirements for the bonded indebtedness of 
the Town and Acton's share of the Regional School District bond amor- 
tization are: 

Julia McCarthy Elementary School $15,000.00 

New Elementary School 45,000.00 

West Acton Fire House 12,000.00 

Regional School District 30,400.00 

$102,400.00 

The accounts of the Treasurer, Collector and Manager of the School 
Cafeteria have been verified and I have reviewed the various trust funds 
in the custody of the Treasurer and Trustees. 



Respectfully submitted. 



DONALD O. NYLANDER, 

Town Accountant. 



118 



223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



BALANCE SHEET 



Cash : 



General Funds ... 
Petty Cash Funds 



ASSETS 



S557,584.68 
70.00 



$557,654.68 



Accounts Receivable: 



Taxes : 








Levy of 1952 








Personal Property 




529.83 




Levy of 1953 








Personal Property 




165.66 




Levy of 1954 








Personal Property 




250.50 




Levy of 1955 








Personal Property 




314.65 




Levy of 1956 








Real Estate 


$3,654.62 






Personal Property 


958.80 






Poll 


6.00 


4,619.42 










Levy of 1957 








Real Estate 


$11,146.18 






Personal Property 


1.257.43 






Poll 


42.00 


12,445.61 










Lev>' of 1958 








Real Estate 


$38,251.75 






Personal Property 


3,882.06 






Poll 


148.00 


42,281.81 
















$60,107.48 


Motor Vehicle Excise: 








•" Levy of 1956 . . 




$356.06 




Levy of 1957 




1.021.82 




Levy of 1958 




13,971.50 










$15,349.38 


Farm Animal Excise: 








Levy of 1957 




$15.00 




Levy of 1958 




21.88 














$36.88 


Street Assessments: 








Added to 1957 Tax Bills 


$151.98 






Committed Interest 


67.81 


$219.79 










Added to 1958 Tax Bills 


$112.91 






Committed Interest 


40.64 


$153.55 











$373.34 



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119 



December 31, 1958 



LIABILITIES AND RESERVES 

Employees' Payroll Deductions: 

Federal Taxes $92.65 

Blue Cross -Blue Shield 309.35 

Massachusetts Teachers Retirement System 24.75 

County Retirement System 614.49 

Guarantee Deposits: 

Board of Appeals S5.00 

Planning Board 20.00 

Revolutionary Ridge Company 350.00 

Tailings — Unclaimed Checks 

Over-estimate, 1958 Assessment — State Parks 

Trust Fund Income Transfer Balances L'nexpended: 

Cemetery 

Perpetual Care Sl73.ll 

Susan Noyes Hosmer 322.23 

Luke Blanchard 5.00 

J. Roland Wetherbee 77.47 

Henry S. Raymond 42.21 

Georgia Whitney .83 

Frank Knowlton 10.55 

Robert I. Davis 18.49 

Sarah A. Watson 17.59 

Carrie F. Wells 14.89 

George T. Ames 5.95 

Library 

Wilde Memorial 6.56 

Federal Grants: 

Welfare Administration S84.97 

Old Age Assistance 6,160.26 

Aid to Dependent Children 1,320.61 

Disabilit}- Assistance 1.253.41 

Revolving Fund — School Department: 

Cafeteria 

L'nexpended Appropriation Balances: 

Archives Committee Si, 427.41 

Conference Room 241.74 

West Fire House Construction 733.06 

Town Forest Committee 500.00 

Mosquito Control 420.00 

Chapter 90, Construction 1.160.78 

Chapter 718, Construction — School Street. South 3,031.40 

New Elementar}^ School — Construction 5257,943-32 

Committee for Addition to Elementary School .... 4,829.90 

Mount Hope Oiling 500.00 

Surface Drainage Studies 786.75 



$1,041.24 



$375.00 

$111.63 

26.57 



$694.88 



,819.25 



$4,729.22 



120 



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Tax Titles 

Tax Possessions 


$795.76 
400.19 




Departmental : 

School 


$562.34 

1,879.50 

1,846.70 

342.84 

273.00 

7.00 


$1,195.95 


Old Age Assistance 

Aid to Dependent Children .... 

General Relief 

Cemetery 

Highway 




Aid to Highways: 

State 

County 


$15,161.97 
15,000.00 


$4,911.38 


Under-estimates, 1958 Assessments: 

County 

County Hospital 


$32.56 
1,751.05 


$30,161.97 







$1,783.61 



$671,574.67 



DEFERRED REVENUE ACCOUNTS 
Apportioned Street Assessments not due 



$6,503.12 



DEBT ACCOUNTS 



Net Funded or fixed Debt 



$1,043,000.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON ]1[ 

Civil Defense — Gonset Rigs 625.00 

Civil Defense — Emergenq^ Power Unit 300.00 

$272,499.36 

Cemetery Land Fund $4,780.35 

Road Machinery Fund 6,267.80 

Welfare Recoveries 12,441.76 

County Dog License Fees 5'7.75 

Overlay Surplus — Reserve Fund 11,303.93 

Overlays Reserved for Abatements: 

Levy of 1952 $29-83 

Levy of 1953 165.66 

Levy of 1954 250.50 

Levy of 1955 314.65 

Levy of 1956 4,619-42 

Levy of 1957 8,831.73 

Levy of 1958 5,910.22 



Revenue Reserved until Collected: 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise $15,349.38 

Farm Animal Excise 36.88 

Tax Title and Possession 1,195.95 

Departmental 4,911.38 

Aid to Highways 30,161.97 

Street Assessment 373.34 



$20,122.0] 



$52,028.90 

Reserve for Petty Cash Funds 70.00 

Surplus Revenue 276,205.02 



$671,574.67 



DEFERRED REVENUE ACCOUNTS 

Apportioned Street Assessment Revenue, due 1959 to 

1966, inclusive $6,503-12 



DEBT ACCOUNTS 

Inside Debt Limit: 

Elementary School — McCarthy $60,000.00 

Elementary School — under construction 225,000.00 

West Fire House 48,000.00 



$333,000.00 



Outside Debt Limit: 

Elementary School — McCarthy $140,000.00 

Elementary School — under construction 570,000.00 



$710,000.00 
$1,043,000.00 



122 



223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



TRUST ACCOUNTS 

In Custody of Town Treasurer: 
Charity Funds: 

Elizabeth M. White 

Georgia E. Whitney 

Betsy M. Ball 

Cemetery Funds: 

Henry S. Raymond — Monument 

Henry S. Raymond — Care 

Hoit and Scott 

J. Roland Wetherbee 

Perpetual Care 

Surplus 

Luke Blanchard 

Frank C. Hayward 

Georgia E. Whitney 

Susan Noyes Hosmer 

Dr. Robert I. Davis 

Frank R. Knowlton 

George T. Ames 

Mrs. Harry O'Neil 

Varnum Tuttle/Sarah A. Watson 

Carrie Wells 

Library and Educational Funds: 

Charlotte Conant 

Wilde Memorial 

Firemen's Relief Funds: 

Acton 

West Acton 

Stabilization 



In Custody of Trustees: 

Charlotte Goodnow Fund 



$26,697.17 
14,246.90 
12,839.70 

969.56 

2,362.73 

641.98 

11,659.50 

87,217.20 

248.35 

2,389.15 

1,302.31 

1,773.53 

91,992.55 

1,064.42 

1,064.34 

465.59 

380.07 

2,542.33 

3,001.80 

1,756.31 
32,869.09 

8,476.80 
944.32 
931.36 

$307,837.06 



3,465.54 



$311,302.60 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 123 



TRUST ACCOUNTS 

Trust Funds, Cash and Securities: 

In custody of Town Treasurer 1307,837.06 

In custody of Trustees 3,465.54 



$311,302.60 



124 



223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND DISBURSEMENTS 

January 1, 1958 to December 31, 1958 



Appropriated 
or 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT Available 

Moderator $75.00 

Finance Committee Expense '75.00 

Selectmen's Salaries 1,200.00 

Selectmen's Expenses 750.00 

R 46.21 
Town Office — 

Clerk Personnel — Wages 11,900.00 

R 100.00 

Town Accountant — Salary 1,475.00 

Town Accountant — Expenses 200.00 

Treasurer — Salary 1,475.00 

Treasurer — Expenses 400.00 

Treasurer — Notes and Bond Issue 

Expense 1,060.97 

Town Collector — Salary 2,150.00 

Town Collector — Expenses 850.00 

Assessors' — Salaries 4,600.00 

Assessors' — Expenses 400.00 

Assessors' — Article 27, Adding Machine 350.00 

Town Clerk — Salary 1,075.00 

Town Clerk — Expenses 300.00 

Elections and Registrations — 

Salaries and Wages 2,740.00 

Elections and Registrations — Expenses 860.00 

R 51.99 

Legal Services — Board of Selectmen .... 500.00 

S 1,165.00 

Planning Board — Expenses 400.00 

Planning Board — Service Fees 1,500.00 

Planning Board — Guarantee Deposits B 33.00 

C 80.00 



Disbursed 

$55.00 

44.80 

1,183.25 

499.2 5 



11,979.40 
1,475.00 

200.00 
1,475.00 

400.00 

1,060.97 
2,150.00 

848.47 
4,600.00 

382.63 

309.00 
1,075.00 

219.84 

2,700.33 

899.52 

1,665.00 

300.04 

1,167.89 

61.69 

\ 31.31 



Total General Government $35,812.17 

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS 

Buildings and Grounds — Wages $3,450.00 

Buildings and Grounds — Expenses .... 4,000.00 
Alterations and Furnishings — Town 

Hall B 1,086.10 

Article 17 — Painting Town Hall 2,600.00 

Article 18 — Conference Room 900.00 

Article 19 — Painting Center Fire House 875.00 

Total Buildings and Grounds $12,911-10 

PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY 

Police, Salaries and Wages $37,055.00 

Police Department — Expenses — includ- 
ing Cruiser Operation and Uniforms 6,235.00 

R 160.00 



A 31.31 

$34,752.08 



$3,148.60 
3,810.59 

1,086.00 

2,100.00 

658.26 

748.00 



Balance 

$20.00 
30.20 
16.75 

296.96 



20.60 



1.53 

17.37 
41.00 

80.16 

39.67 

12.47 



99.96 
332.11 

20.00 



$1,028.78 



$301.40 
189.41 

.10 
500.00 
241.74 
127.00 



$11,551.45 $1,359-65 



$36,760.05 



6,386.14 



$294.95 
8.86 



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125 



Article 26 — Police Cruisers 3,500.00 3,042.14 

Fire Department — Salaries and Wages 13,620.00 12,356.63 

Fire Department — Expenses 9,180.00 8,782.57 

Fire Alarm System — Salaries and Wages 5,000.00 4,891.30 

Fire Alarm System — Expenses 1,150.00 

R 35.00 1.181.44 

Fire Hydrant Rental 11,600.00 

S 900.00 12,500.00 

Sealer of Weights and Measures — Salary 350.00 350.00 
Sealer of Weights and Measures — 

Expenses 50.00 27.55 

Moth Department, Chapter 666 — Wages 1,000.00 994.50 
Moth Department, Expenses, including 

Poison Ivy 1,900.00 1,899-89 

Dutch Elm Disease Control, Chapter 761 

— Wages 1,450.00 1,394.35 

Dutch Elm Disease Control — Expenses 150.00 149.99 

Town Forest — Maintenance 100.00 93-00 

Shade Tree Replacement 375.00 353.73 

Tree Warden — Wages 2,550.00 2,329.40 

Tree Warden — Expenses 750.00 744.18 

Wire Inspector — Salary and Travel .... 900.00 900.00 

Wire Inspector — Expenses 100.00 91-00 

Building Inspector — Wages and Travel 2,200.00 2,200.00 

Building Inspector — Expenses 100.00 

R 40.00 123.70 

Dog Officer 400.00 394.00 

Building Committee — Expenses 50.00 — 

Water Service Extension to Dump 200.00 107.50 

Article 10 — 1957 — Radio and Fire 

Alarm Transmitter B 402.49 

R 197.51 600.00 
West Fire House — Construction — 

Article 23 B 62,155.66 

10,500.00 71,922.60 

Article 20, Chief's Car 2,800.00 2,798.89 

Article 22, Fire Truck 16,000.00 15,979.20 

Article 24, Auxiliary Power Unit 350.00 285.00 

Total Protection $193,505.66 $189,638.75 

HEALTH AND SANITATION 

Board of Health — Salaries $275.00 $275.00 

Board of Health — Expenses 950.00 576.63 

Board of Health — Secretary Salary .... 2,600.00 2.570.00 

Town Nurse — Salar}^ 3,640.00 3,640.00 

Town Nurse — Expenses 960.00 960.00 

Assistant Nurse — Wages 500.00 385.00 

Agent and Assistant Agent — Wages .. 3,415.00 3,253-00 

Agent and Assistant Agent — Expenses 750.00 559-59 

Laboratory Fees 300.00 300.00 

Town Dump — Custodian Wages 3,240.00 3,108.00 

Town Dump — Assistant Custodian 

Wages 1.248.00 1.224.00 

Town Dump — Expenses 1,400.00 1,034.37 

Sanitorium and Hospital Bills 2,500.00 369-00 

Medical SuppHes 175.00 170.49 

School Clinic 1,200.00 540.72 

Garbage Collection 8,845.00 8,845.00 

Inspector of Animals — Salary 150.00 150.00 

Inspector of Animals — Expenses 30.00 23.89 



457.86 

1,263.37 
397.43 
108.70 

3,56 



22.45 


5.50 


.11 


55.65 


.01 


7.00 


21.27 


220.60 


5.82 



9.00 



16.30 

6.00 

50.00 

92.50 



733.06 

1.11 

20.80 

65.00 



$3,866.91 



$ — 

373.37 
30.00 



115.00 
162.00 
190.41 

132.00 

24.00 

365.63 

,131-00 

4.51 

659-28 



6.11 



126 



223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



$4,750.81 



L29 
.01 



Plumbing Inspector — Wages 1,200.00 

R 500.00 1,562.50 137.50 

Mosquito Control Spraying B 1,040.00 

Article 32 — Mosquito Control 2,000.00 2,620.00 420.00 

Total Health and Sanitation $36,918.00 $32,167.19 

HIGHWAYS 

Village Highways $6,500.00 $6,499-71 

Drainage 9,500.00 9,499-99 

Chapter 81, Highways 9,800.00 

G 16,500.00 26,299-80 .20 

Chapter 90, Highways — Maintenance 2,000.00 

G 3,000.00 4,999-84 .16 

Snow Removal 25,000.00 

S 5,000.00 30,000.00 — 

Traffic Signs — Lines 1,000.00 999-99 -01 

Vacations and Holidays 2,050.00 2,04l.20 8.80 

Street Lighting 8,100.00 7,448.63 651.37 

Chapter 90, Highways — Construction 7,500.00 

B 30,000.00 

G 22,500.00 

S 1,198.59 60,037.81 1,160.78 

School Street Construction B 7,768.82 4,737.42 3,031.40 

Road Machinery 7,500.00 

S 1,500.00 

R 509.80 9,509-80 — 
Article 8 — 1957 — Sidewalks — South 

Acton B 6,000.00 5,999-99 -01 

Article 14 — Sidewalk Repairs 500.00 499-38 .62 

Article 15 — Sander Body 2,500.00 2,090.49 409-51 

Article 16 — Truck and Snow Plow .... 9,950.00 8,957.67 992.33 

Total Highways $185,877.21 $179,621.72 $6,255.49 



CHARITIES 

Welfare District Administration and 

Welfare Board Salaries $3,000.00 

G 275.00 

General Relief and Disability Assistance 5,000.00 

B 2,119.97 

Federal Funds.. ..G 1,637.15 

Old Age Assistance 41,000.00 

B 12,949.74 

Federal Funds.. ..G 26,577.91 

Lien Recoveries.... L 2,688.36 

Aid to Dependent Children 6,500.00 

R 1,500.00 

B 972.00 

Federal Funds.. ..G 8,623.87 



$3,000.00 

275.00 

4,998.55 

2,501.92 

A 1.79 

41,000.00 

36,026.15 

A 29.60 



7,994.66 

8,272.27 
2.99 



$ — 



Total Charities $112,844.00 

VETERANS' AID 

Veterans' Benefits — Agent's Salary $500.00 

Veterans' Benefits — Agent's Expense .... 2 50.00 

Veterans' Benefits — Expenditures 10,000.00 



A 34.38 
$104,068.55 



$500.00 

249.23 

6,947.85 



1.45 



1,253.41 



3,471.90 
2,688.36 

5.34 

1,320.61 



$8,741.07 



$ — 

.77 
3,052.15 



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127 



Veterans' Services — Salary 300.00 300.00 — 

Veterans' Services — Expense 25.00 4.00 21.00 

Total Veterans' Aid $11,075.00 $8,001.08 $3,073.92 

EDUCATION 

Instruction 

Local $164,075.00 $157,608.66 $6,466.34 

Regional 136,181.01 136,181.01 — 

Textbooks and Supplies 

Local 8,775.00 7,855.22 919.78 

Regional 8,220.96 8,220.96 — 

Plant Operation 

Local 18,650.00 18,650.00 — 

Regional 27,280.00 27,280.00 — 

Blanchard Auditorium 9,380.00 8,678.77 701.23 

Maintenance 

Local 2,500.00 

R 1,350.00 3,844.53 5.47 

Regional 1,672.00 1,672.00 — 

Auxiliary Agencies 

Local 18,970.00 18,924.43 45.57 

Regional 11,771.20 11,771.20 — 

General Control 

Local 7,400.00 7,028.32 371.68 

Regional 7,295.20 7,295.20 — 

Outlay 

Local ■ 3,000.00 2,765.00 235.00 

Regional 440.00 440.00 — 

Contingency Fund 

Local 400.00 397.88 2.12 

Regional 176.00 176.00 — 

Cafeteria B 3,099.12 

C 26,330.86 24,700.76 4,729.22 

Vocational Tuition and Transportation 2,500.00 1,155.10 1,344.90 

Blanchard Auditorium — Construction B 551.29 539-24 12.05 

Elementary School: 

Committee for addition B 4,829-90 — 4,829-90 

Construction B 784,910.26 

D 729.33 527,696.27 257,943.32 

Elementary School — xMcCarthy B 729.33 D 729-33 — 

D 729-33 
Total Education $1,251,216.46 5972,880.55 $277,606.58 

LIBRARIES 

Libraries — Salaries and Wages $4,030.00 $3,977.25 $52.75 

Libraries — Expenses 1,400.00 

R 89.58 1,489-45 .13 

Books 660.00 

B 109.02 

T 700.00 1,462.46 6.56 

Arthur Davis Fund T 49-95 49.95 — 

Total Libraries $7,038.55 $6,979-11 $59-44 



128 



223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



RECREATION 

Playgrounds — Wages $1,000.00 $782.50 $217.50 

Playgrounds — Expenses 1,000.00 361.34 638.66 

Total Recreation $2,000.00 $1,143.84 $856.16 



CEMETERIES 

Cemetery Department 

Salaries and Wages $13,040.00 $ $ 

R 12.70 13,052.70 — 

Cemetery Department — Expenses $2,500.00 $2,497.44 $2.56 

Mount Hope Oiling B 500.00 — 500.00 

Perpetual Care B 22.23 

T 1,000.00 849.12 173.11 

Hosmer Fund B 541.88 

T 1,250.00 1,469.65 322.23 

Blanchard Fund B 9.00 

T 43.00 47.00 5.00 

Wetherbee Fund B 153,89 76.42 77.47 

Raymond Fund B 10.88 

T 75.00 43.67 42.21 

Whitney Fund B 8.24 

T 25.00 32.41 .83 

Knowlton Fund B 17.00 6.45 10.55 

Davis Fund B 9.30 

T 25.00 15.81 18.49 

Watson Fund T 53.00 35.41 17.59 

Wells Fund T 30.70 15.81 14.89 

Ames Fund T 9.50 3.55 5.95 

Article 41 — Cemetery Land Purchase .. 3,000.00 3,000.00 — 

Article 42 — To Harry R. Grimes 150.00 150.00 — 

Article 43 — To Benjamin H. Sawyer .... 10.00 10.00 — 

Total Cemeteries $22,496.32 $21,305.44 $1,190.88 

OTHER CLASSIFIED EXPENSES 

Town Reports $2,295.00 $2,142.62 $152.38 

Workmen's Compensation 3,500.00 2,293.40 1,206.60 

Surety Bonds 800.00 693.50 106.50 

Archives Committee — 

Article 39 — Expenses B 500.00 

500.00 

1,000.00 572.59 1,427.41 

Fire Insurance — Town Buildings 2,450.00 2,220.17 229.83 

Memorial Day 650.00 639.78 10.22 

Pension Fund 4,338.47 4,338.47 — 

Pension Fund Expense 224.70 224.70 — 

Military Service Fund 21.77 21.77 — 

Board of Appeals — Expenses 100.00 7.20 92.80 

Board of Appeals — Guarantee Deposits B 71.50 30.75 

C 20.00 A 55.75 5.00 

Miscellaneous 1,500.00 881.64 618.36 

Officer and Employee Insurance 1,350.00 

S 452.88 1,802.88 — 
Article 7 — Miscellaneous 

Hazard Insurance 725.00 725.00 — 

Boiler and Machinery Insurance 718.61 718.61 — 

Water Safety 500.00 500.00 — 

Surface Drainage B 1,129.75 343.00 786.75 



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Civil Defense — Gonset Rigs B 625.00 — 625.00 

Civil Defense — Power Unit B 300.00 — 300.00 

1957 Unpaid Bills 500.00 500.00 — 

Stabilization Fund 6,000.00 6,000.00 — 



A 55.75 

Total Other Classified Expenses $30,272.68 $24,656.08 $5,560.85 

AMORTIZATION OF DEBT AND INTEREST REQUIREMENTS 

McCarthy Elementary School 

Maturing Debt $15,000.00 $15,000.00 $ — 

Interest 4,300.00 4,300.00 — 

Blanchard Auditorium 

Maturing Debt 20,000.00 20,000.00 — 

Interest 400.00 400.00 — 

Regional School 

Maturing Debt 8,672.36 8,672.36 — 

Interest 39,216.00 39,216.00 — 

Surface Drainage 
Mohawk and Seneca 

Maturing Debt 5,000.00 5,000.00 — 

Interest 87.50 87.50 — 

West Fire House 

Maturing Debt 12,000.00 12,000.00 — 

Interest 1,980.00 1,980.00 — 

New Elementary School 

Maturing Debt 45,000.00 45,000.00 — 

Interest 30,240.00 30,240.00 — 

Anticipation of Revenue Notes 

Interest 800.00 110.14 689.86 

Total Amortization of Debt and 

Interest Requirement $182,695.86 $182,006.00 $689.86 

Total of all Departmental Items $2,084,663.01 $315,040.40 

Transfers A and D $850.77 

Cash Disbursed $1,768,771.84 

AGENCY AND TRUST 

Agency: 

State Audit of 

Municipal Accounts $675.61 

State Parks and Reservations 2,341.17 

Middlesex County Tax 15,812.14 

Middlesex County Hospital Assessment 6,612.46 

Middlesex County Dog Licenses 1,737.75 

Trust: 

Charity 1,250.00 

Cemeteries 6,725.00 

Firemen's Relief Fund 281.25 

Trust Fund Income 8,788.60 

Premium on Bond Note Issues 1,362.96 

Anticipation of Revenue Notes 75,000.00 

Withholding Taxes 48,249.85 

Massachusetts Hospital Service 4,323.00 

Middlesex County Retirement AsscKia- 

tion 6,745.99 

Massachusetts Teachers Retirement Fund 7,403.78 

Acton Teachers Insurance 470.75 



130 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Refunds: 

Board of Health 


25.00 


Taxes 

Building Permits 


6,224.03 
15.00 


Total Agency and Trust 


$194 044.34 






Grand Total of all Cash Disbursements 

Treasurer's Report — Paid 

Selectmen's Orders for 1958 


$1,962,816.18 
$1,963,440.03 


Less — Checks Canceled 


623 85 






Net Payments, as above 


$1,962,816.18 



Key to alphabetical designations: 

A — Audit adjustment 

B — Balance from Previous year 

C — Cash Receipts 

D — Transfer authorized by Article 36, Annual Meeting 

G — Grants from State, County and Federal Funds 

L — Lien recoveries from Welfare cases 

R — Reserve Fund transfers 

S — Appropriations of November 17th Special Town Meeting 

T — Trust Fund transfers 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 131 



ASSESSORS REPORT — 1958 

Taxes assessed as follows: 

Buildings, exclusive of land $7,405,675.00 

Land 1,029,250.00 

Personal 706,170.00 



$9,141,095.00 

Valuation — January 1, 1957 $8,284,490.00 

Increase in valuation 856,605.00 

Rate of Taxation — $78.00 

Real Estate $657,924.15 

Personal Estate 55,081.26 

Polls 3,362.00 



$716,367.41 



Amount of Money raised: 

State Parks and Reservation tax $24,329.95 

State Audit of Municipal Accounts 675.61 

County Tax 17,080.39 

Tuberculosis Hospital Assessment 6,389.16 

Town Grant 646,359.13 

Overlay 21,533.17 



$716,367.41 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise: 

Number of Vehicles Assessed — 3,255 
Commissioner's Value of Motor Vehicles 

and Trailers $1,857,640.00 

Rate of Excise — S60.25 

Total Excise 99,251.20 

Added Excise of 1957 14,223.22 

Number of Vehicles Added Excise — 879 
Commissioner's Value 496,290.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALBERT P. DURKEE, 
JAMES W. BAKER, 
CARL FLINT, 

Board of Assessors. 



132 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 

TOWN COLLECTOR'S REPORT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen- 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1958. 

1956 Real Estate Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 $6,942.33 

Interest 209.51 

$7,151.84 

Paid Treasurer $3,497.22 

Uncollected December 31, 1958 3,654.62 

$7,151.84 

1957 Real Estate Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 $39,877.02 

Interest 698.49 

Refunded 900.48 

Audit Adjustment 143.72 

$41,619.71 

Paid Treasurer $29,793.85 

Abatements 679.68 

Uncollected December 31, 1958 11,146.18 

$41,619.71 

1958 Real Estate Tax 

Committed $657,924.15 

Interest 113.81 

Refunded 2,067.00 

$660,104.96 

Paid Treasurer $606,602.26 

Abatements 15,250.95 

Uncollected December 31, 1958 38,251.75 

$660,104.96 

Mohawk and Seneca Betterment Assessment 
Apportioned and added to 1957 Real Estate Levy 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 $363.31 

Audit Adjustment 143.52 

Uncollected December 31, 1958 219.79 

$363.31 



THE TOWN OF ACTON m 

Mohawk and Seneca Betterment Assessment 
Apportioned and added to 1958 Real Estate Levy 

Committed $2,171.20 

Q)mmitted Interest 337.23 

$2,508.43 

Paid Treasurer $2,354.88 

Uncollected December 31, 1958 153.55 

$2,508.43 

1957 Farm Animal Excise 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 $37.55 

Interest .70 

$38.25 

Paid Treasurer $23.25 

Uncollected December 31. 1958 15.00 

S38.25 

1958 Farm Animal Excise 

Committed $146.87 

Paid Treasurer 124.99 

Uncollected December 31, 1958 21.88 

$146.87 

1952 Personal Property Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 $124.50 

Interest 5.33 

$129.83 

Paid Treasurer $100.00 

Uncollected December 31, 1958 29.83 

$129.83 

1953 Personal Property Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 $165.66 

Uncollected December 31, 1958 $165.66 

1954 Personal Property Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 $250.50 

Uncollected December 31, 19*^8 $250.50 



134 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



1955 Personal Property Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 $537.67 

Interest 3.00 

$540.67 

Paid Treasurer $226.02 

Uncollected December 31, 1958 314.65 

$540.67 

1956 Personal Property Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 $1,207.85 

Interest 15.19 

$1,223.04 

Paid Treasurer $264.24 

Uncollected December 31, 1958 958.80 

$1,223.04 

1957 Personal Property Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 $2,569.32 

Interest 12.93 

$2,582.25 

Paid Treasurer $1,324.82 

Uncollected December 31, 1958 1,257.43 

$2,582.25 

1958 Personal Property Tax 

Committed $55,315.26 

Paid Treasurer 51,433.20 

Uncollected December 31, 1958 3,882.06 

$55,315.26 

1956 Poll Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 $8.00 

Interest .05 

$8.05 

Paid Treasurer $2.05 

Uncollected December 31, 1958 6.00 

$8.05 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 135 



1957 Poll Tax 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 S58.00 

Interest 35 

$58.35 

Paid Treasurer S14.35 

Abated 2.00 

Uncollected December 31, 1958 42.00 

$58.35 

1958 Poll Tax 

Committed $3,362.00 

Interest 1.64 

$3,363.64 

Paid Treasurer $2,843.64 

Abatements 372.00 

Uncollected December 31, 1958 148.00 



$3,363.64 



1956 Motor Vehicle Excise 



Uncollected December 31, 1957 $452.95 

Interest 7.51 

$460.46 

Paid Treasurer $84.62 

Audit Adjustment 19.78 

Uncollected December 31, 1958 356.06 

$460.46 

1957 Motor Vehicle Excise 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 $12,712.53 

Committed 14,223.22 

Interest 130.47 

Refunds 806.33 

Audit Adjustment 19.78 

$27,892.33 

Paid Treasurer $24,575.15 

Abatements 2,295.36 

Uncollected December 31. 1958 1,021.82 



$27,89 



. ') -) 



136 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



1958 Motor Vehicle Excise 

Committed $99,251.20 

Interest 50.98 

Refunds 2,450.22 



$101,752.40 

Paid Treasurer $81,998.07 

Abatements 5,782.83 

Uncollected December 31, 1958 13,971.50 

$101,752.40 

Cemetery- Department 

Uncollected December 31, 1957 $250.00 

Audit Adjustment 50.50 

Committed 653.50 

$954.00 

Paid Treasurer 681.00 

Uncollected December 31, 1958 273.00 

$954.00 
Lien Certificates — Paid Treasurer S328.00 



Respectfully submitted, 



CHARLES M. MacRAE. 

Toti'H Collector 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 137 



STATE AUDITOR'S REPORT 

THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS 

Department of Corporations and Taxation 

Bureau of Accounts 

State House, Boston 33 

February 26, 1958 

To the Board of Selectmen 

Mr. Charles D. MacPherson, Chairman 

Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen : 

I submit herewith my report of an audit of the books and accounts 
of the town of Acton for the period from December 7, 1956 to 
December 31, 1957, made in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 
44, General Laws. This is in the form of a report made to me by Mr. 
William Schwartz, Assistant Director of Accounts. 

Very truly yours, 

HERMAN B. DINE, 

Director of Accounts. 
HBDiMMH 



Mr. Herman B. Dine 

Director of Accounts 

Department of Corporations and Taxation 

State House, Boston 

Sir: 

As instructed by you, I have made an audit of the books and 
accounts of the town of Acton for the period from December 7, 1956, 
the date of the previous audit, to December 31, 1957, and report thereon 
as follows: 

The financial transactions, as recorded on the books of the several 
departments receiving or disbursing money for the town or committing 
bills for collection, were examined, checked, and verified by comparison 
with the records of the town accountant and the town treasurer. 

The books and accounts of the town accountant were examined 
and checked in detail. The recorded receipts were compared with the 
treasurer's books and with the records in the several departments collect- 
ing money for the town. The records of disbursements were checked 
with the treasury warrants and with the payments as shown by the 
treasurer's books. The appropriations and loan orders were checked 
with the town clerk's records of town meeting votes, while the transfers 
from the reserve fund were checked with the finance committee's 
authorizations for such transfers. 



138 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



The general and appropriation ledger accounts were analyzed, a 
trial balance was taken off, and a balance sheet, showing the financial 
condition of the town on December 31, 1957, was prepared and is 
appended to this report. 

The books and accounts of the town treasurer were examined and 
checked. The recorded receipts were analyzed and compared with the 
town accountant's books, with the records in the several departments 
collecting money for the town, and with other sources from which money 
was paid into the town treasury, while the payments were compared with 
the treasury warrants approved by the selectmen and with the tow^n 
accountant's books. 

The cash book footings were verified, and the cash balance on 
December 31, 1957 w^as verified by reconciliation of the bank balances 
with statements furnished by the banks of deposit. 

The reported payments on account of maturing debt and interest 
were verified by comparison with the amounts falling due and with the 
cancelled securities and coupons on file. The bond and coupon account 
was reconciled with a statement furnished by the bank of deposit. 

The records of payroll deductions for Federal taxes, Blue Cross 
and Blue Shield, teachers' and count)' retirement systems, and group 
insurance were listed and checked with the treasurer's books and with 
the tow^n accountant's ledger. The payments to the proper agencies were 
verified, and the balances in the general treasury on December 31, 1957 
were reconciled with the controlling accounts in the town accountant's 
ledger. 

The savings bank books and securities representing the investments 
of the trust and investment funds in the custody of the town treasurer 
and the trustees of the Charlotte L. Goodnow Fund were examined 
and listed. The income was proved and all transactions and balances 
were verified. 

The records of the tax titles and tax possessions held by the town 
were examined. The amounts added to the tax title account were com- 
pared with the collector's records, and the reported redemptions were 
checked with the treasurer's cash book. The tax titles and tax possessions 
on hand were listed and proved with the town accountant's ledger, and 
the transactions for the period under audit were further verified by 
comparison with the records at the Registry of Deeds. 

The books and accounts of the town collector were examined and 
checked. The tax, excise, assessment, and departmental accounts out- 
standing at the time of the previous examination, as well as all subsequent 
commitment lists, were audited and proved. The recorded collections 
were compared with the payments to the treasurer, the recorded abate- 
ments were checked with the assessors' and other departmental records 
of abatements granted, and the outstanding accounts were listed and 
reconciled with the respective controlling accounts in the town 
accountant's ledger. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 139 



Further verification of the outstanding accounts was made by mailing 
notices to a number of persons whose names appeared on the books as 
owing money to the town, the replies received thereto indicating that 
the accounts, as Hsted, are correct. 

The financial records of the town clerk were examined and checked 
in detail. The records of receipts on account of dog and sporting licenses, 
and from miscellaneous charges and fees, were audited. The payments to 
the State and to the town were checked with the receipts on file and 
with the town treasurer's books. 

The surety bonds of the town officials required by law to furnish 
such surety were examined and found to be in proper form. 

The records of departmental cash collections of the board of select- 
men and the sealer of weights and measures, as well as of the police, 
fire, health, school, and cemetery departments, and of all other depart- 
ments in which money was collected for the town, were examined and 
checked. The recorded receipts were verified and the payments to the 
treasurer were compared with the records of the town treasurer and the 
town accountant. 

In addition to the balance sheet, there are appended to this report 
tables showing a reconciliation of the treasurer's cash, summaries of the 
tax, excise, assessment, tax title, tax possession, and departmental accounts, 
together with schedules showing the condition and transactions of the 
trust and investment funds. 

During the progress of the audit cooperation was received from all 
town officials, for which, on behalf of my assistants and for myself, 
I wish to express appreciation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM SCHWARTZ, 

Assistant Director of Accounts. 
WS:MMH 



140 



223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



TOWN OF ACTON 



ASSETS 

Cash: 

General 

Advances for Petty: 

School General $20.00 

School Lunch 50.00 

Accounts Receivable: 
Taxes: 

Levy of 1952: 

Personal Property $124.50 

Levy of 1953: 

Personal Property 165.66 

Levy of 1954: 

Personal Property 250.50 

Levy of 1955: 

Personal Property 537.67 

Levy of 1956: 

Poll 8.00 

Personal Property 1,207.85 

Real Estate 6,942.33 

Levy of 1957: 

Poll 58.00 

Personal Property 2,569-32 

Real Estate 40,020.74 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise: 

Levy of 1956 $433.17 

Levy of 1957 12,732.31 

Farm Animal Excise: 

Levy of 1957 

Special Assessments: 

Street Added to Taxes 1957 $151.98 

Committed Interest: 

Levy of 1957 67.81 

Tax Titles and Possessions: 

Tax Titles $1,291.82 

Tax Possessions 400.19 

Departmental: 

Highway $120.00 

General Relief 100.00 

Aid to Dependent Children 1,486.82 

Old Age Assistance 1,973.87 

Cemetery 300.50 

Aid to Highways: 

State $31,402.71 

County 7,500.00 



$1,167,094.05 



$70.00 



$51,884.57 

$13,165.48 
37.55 

$219.79 
$1,692.01 



$3,981.19 



$38,902.71 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 141 

Balance Sheet — December 31. 1957 

LIABILITIES AND RESERVES 

Temporary Loans: 

In Anticipation of Serial Issue $25,000.00 

Employees' Payroll Deductions: 

Federal Taxes $277.00 

County Retirement System 545.35 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield 286.10 

$1,108.45 
Guarantee Deposits: 

Contract Bids $350.00 

Board of Appeals 71.50 

Planning Board 33.00 

$454.50 

Dog Licenses — Due County $14.00 

Tailings — Unclaimed Checks $111.63 

Trust Fund Income: 
Cemetery Funds: 

Perpetual Care $22.23 

Luke Blanchard 9-00 

J. Roland Wetherbee 153.89 

Georgia E. Whitney 8.24 

Susan Noyes Hosmer 541.88 

Henry L. Raymond Care 10.88 

Dr. Robert I. Davis 9-30 

Frank R. Knowlton 17.00 



Premiums on Loans: 

Fire Station $79.80 

Elementary School 1,283.16 



$772.42 



$1,362.96 
Old Age Assistance Recoveries $7,138.87 

Federal Grants: 

Disability Assistance: 

Assistance $2,118.18 

Aid to Dependent Children: 

Aid 969.01 

Old Age Assistance: 

Administration 224.11 

Assistance 12,920.14 

$16,231.44 
Revolving Fund: 

School Lunch 3,099.12 

Appropriation Balances : 

Revenue: 

General $55,342.37 

Non-Revenue: 

Fire Station 62,155.66 

School Construction , 785,639.59 



$903,137.62 



142 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Underestimates 1957 Assessments: 

State Recreation Areas $65.21 

County Tax 1,300.81 

County Hospital 1,527.75 



$2,893.77 
$1,279,941.12 

DEFERRED REVENUE ACCOUNTS 

Apportioned Street Assessments Not Due $8,674.32 



DEBT ACCOUNTS 

Net Funded or Fixed Debt: 
Inside Debt Limit: 

General $370,000.00 

Outside Debt Limit: 

General 770,000.00 



$1,140,000.00 



TRUST AND INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS 

Trust and Investment Funds: 
Cash and Securities: 

In Custody of Town Treasurer $305,614.99 

In Custody of Trustees 3,465.54 



THE TOWN OP ACTON 143 

Sale of Cemetery Lots Fund $3,690.35 

Road Machinery Fund $10,640.26 

Reserve Fund — Overlay Surplus $14,547.36 

Overlays Reserved for Abatements: 

Levy of 1952 $124.50 

Levy of 1953 165.66 

Levy of 1954 250.50 

Levy of 1955 537.67 

Levy of 1956 8,014.68 

Levy of 1957 9,513.41 

$18,606.42 
Revenue Reserved Until Collected: 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise $13,165.48 

Farm Animal Excise 37.55 

Special Assessment 219.79 

Tax Title and Possession 1,692.01 

Departmental 3,981.19 

Aid to Highway 38,902.71 

$57,998.73 

Reserve for Petty Cash Advances $70.00 

Surplus Revenue 215,956.99 



$1,279,941.12 



Apportioned Street Assessment Revenue: 

Due in 1958 to 1956, Inclusive $8,674.32 



Serial Loans: 

Inside Debt Limit: 

Surface Drainage $5,000.00 

Fire Station 60.000.00 

Elementary School 305,000.00 



$370,000.00 



Outside Debt Limit: 

Elementary School $750,000.00 

Blanchard Auditorium 20,000.00 



$770,000.00 
$1,140,000.00 



In Custody of Town Treasurer: 
Charity Funds: 

Betsy M. Ball $12,449.77 

Elizabeth White 26,718.89 



144 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



$309,080.53 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 145 



Georgia E. Whitney 14,144.78 

Charlotte Conant School Fund 1,708.93 

Wilde Memorial Library Fund 32,516.55 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 7,948.26 

West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 914.37 

Cemetery Funds: 

Perpetual Care 82,750.36 

Surplus 241.07 

Hoit and Scott 625.67 

J. Roland Wetherbee 11,313.10 

Georgia E. Whitney 1,742.70 

Luke Blanchard 1,617.55 

Frank C. Hayward 1,264.25 

Susan Noyes Hosmer 90,289-99 

Henry L. Raymond Care 2,360.70 

Henry L. Raymond Monument 938.90 

Dr. Robert L Davis 1,052.44 

Frank R. Knowlton 1,033.24 

George T. Ames 465.49 

Mrs. Harry O'Neil 372.39 

Sarah A. Watson 2,513.54 

Stabilization Fund 10,632.05 



$305,614.99 

In Custody of Trustees: 

Charlotte L. Goodnow Fund 3,465.54 



$309,080.53 



146 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 

TREASURER'S REPORT 
For the Year Ending December 31, 1958 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts. 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1958: 
Cash Balance January 1, 1958 $1,167,094.05 

Received from State Treasurer 

Chapter 90 Highways $29,895.41 

School Construction, J. L. M 33,407.34 

Disability Assistance 2,619.92 

Disability Assistance, Federal 1,643.31 

Aid Dependent Children, Federal 8,637.55 

Licenses 33.00 

Veterans' Service 3,553.42 

Old Age Assistance, Federal 26,693.93 

Highways and Chapter 81 19,345.03 

Meal Tax 2,295.10 

Corporation Taxes 25,938.87 

School Aid, Chapter 70 77,150.89 

Snow Removal 113.25 

Income Taxes 10,075.00 

Education Civic 16.00 

Aid Dependent Children 4,905.52 

Old Age Assistance 31,049.05 

Loss on Taxes 2,042.48 

Tuition 1,735.96 

Board of Health 367.15 

School Construction, New Elementary 20,875.00 

Aid Retarded Children 3,177.75 

Transportation 5,735.50 

Education Vocational 922.43 



Received from Count) Treasurer 

Highways $1,499.70 

Dog Licenses 1,313.76 



Received from Town Clerk 

Game Fees $108.50 

Dog License Fees 188.75 

Certificates — Statistics 242.00 

Mortgage Fees 594.12 



$31,228.86 



$2,813.46 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



147 



Registrar Lists 54.50 

Business Fees 17.50 

Pole Location Fees 67.50 

Storage Fees 67.00 

Dog Licenses 1,781.50 



Received from Collector of Taxes 

Personal 1952 $94.67 

Real Estate 1955 223.02 

Poll 1956 2.00 

Excise 1956 77.11 

Personal 1956 249.05 

Real Estate 1956 3,287.71 

Poll 1957 14.00 

Excise 1957 24,444.68 

Personal 1957 1,311.89 

Real Estate 1957 29,095.36 

Poll 1958 2,842.00 

Excise 1958 81,947.09 

Personal 1958 51,433.20 

Real Estate 1958 606,488.45 

Farm Animal Excise 147.54 

Street Assessment 1,670.19 

Old Age Assistance 3,135.47 

Highways 313.00 

Betterments 388.10 

Liens Certification 328.00 

Care of Lots 681.00 

Interest 1,576.44 



Miscellaneous Receipts 

TOWN OF ACTON 

Count)' Retirement $6,815.13 

Withholding Taxes 48,065.50 

Teacher's Insurance 470.75 

Teacher's Retirement 7,428.53 

Blue Cross 3,418.35 

Machinery Account 5,627.54 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL 

Lunch Program 26,330.86 

Telephone 31.76 

Miscellaneous 25.70 

Notar's Market Licenses 500.00 

Village Package Store 500.00 



$3,121.37 



5809,749.97 



148 



223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



TOWN OF CONCORD 

Old Age Assistance 

Veterans' Benefit 

Land Tax 

Marian L. Piper, Library Fines 

South Acton Fire Co., Blue Cross 

Recipients, Old Age Assistance 

City of Waltham, Old Age Assistance ... 

City of Medford, Old Age Assistance 

Town of Arlington, Old Age Assistance . 
Town of Maynard, Old Age Assistance ... 
Town of Ayer, Old Age Assistance 

Acton Mercuries, Auditorium 

4-H Club, Auditorium 

West Acton Women's Club, Auditorium 

St. Elizabeth's Parish, Auditorium 

Acton Community Center, Auditorium ... 

CHIEF OF POLICE 

Pistol Permits 

Dealers' Licenses 

Bicycle Registrations 

CHIEF OF FIRE DEPARTMENT 

Permits 

Rents 

Fires 

Miscellaneous 

BOARD OF HEALTH 

Licenses 

Plumbing Permits 

Nurse Services 

Dental Clinic 

Miscellaneous 

Sewage Fees 

BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

Miscellaneous 

L icenses 

Wire Permits 

Building Permits 

Building Codes 

FRED S. KENNEDY 

Burials 

Lowering Device 

Foundations 

Liners 



450.79 

419.25 

29.91 

514.29 
918.60 

11,966.30 

73.66 

157.20 

415.46 

40.40 

326.80 

135.00 

6.00 

55.00 

38.00 

30.00 



181.00 

105.00 

42.50 

69.50 
65.00 
14.40 
44.00 



44.00 

1,510.00 

751.00 

6.50 

4.00 

3,265.00 



71.50 

342.00 

1,116.34 

3,340.00 

15.00 



1,304.00 

108.00 

41.00 

90.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 149 



Chapel Fees 70.00 

Miscellaneous 72.00 

Sale of Lots 1,150.00 

Town of Westford, Tuition 504.00 

Board of Appeals, Hearings 20.00 

Planning Board, Hearings 80.00 

Concord District Court, Fines 465.10 

Roland Livermore, Rent of Hall 347.50 

Recipient, Aid Dependent Children 92.35 

City of Lowell, Old Age Assistance 6.55 

Boston Edison Co., School Dept 4.29 

Treas. United States, Education 4,941.72 

Josephine Sheehan, Tax Title A/C 496.06 

Josephine Sheehan, Interest 46.54 

Gallant Ins. Agency, Refund Ins 25.53 

Chester B. Robbins, Refund Ins 451.64 

Irving Davis, Blue Cross 9.30 

South Acton Fire Co., Relief Fund 90.00 

Center Fire Co., Relief Fund 90.00 

West Fire Co., Relief Fund 95.00 

American Medical Asso., School Dept 5.00 

Prentice-Hall Inc., School Dept 6.67 

City of Boston, Veteran Benefit 75.00 

City of Cambridge, Veteran Benefit 25.00 

George K. Hayward, Sealer Weights 62.30 

Jennie Dargiewicz, Tuition 97.70 

Middlesex Cit)' National Bank Note 50,000.00 

United States Treasury Notes 

Income earned on Investments 3,236.23 



$189,886.00 



Perpetual Care — Woodland Cemetery 

Mrs. H. B. Crosby llOO.OO 

Estate Amelia Robbins 200.00 

Herbert Smith 150.00 

William J. Durkin 200.00 

John E. Murphy 200.00 

C. J. Farley 200.00 

George S. Braman 100.00 

James and Mildred Walters 200.00 

Estate Carrie Wells 3,000.00 



S4,350.00 



Perpetual Care — Mt. Hope Cemetery 

Virginia Sanderson $500.00 

Elsie Thomas 125.00 

Helen Gage 250.00 



150 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Edward J. Higgins 200.00 

William Jones 200.00 

Jacob Janerico 200.00 

Maude Priest 100.00 

Mrs. Burton Morrison 100.00 

Jean Donaldson 200.00 

Vernon and Catherine Powers 300.00 

Estate Lily Morison 100.00 

Joseph Kazokas 100.00 



Transfers to Town Account 

Cemetery Fund $1,100.00 

Sarah Watson Fund 53.00 

Luke Blanchard Fund 43.00 

Stabilization Fund 16,000.00 

Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Fund 25.00 

Memorial Library Davis Fund 49.95 

Memorial Library Tainter Fund 500.00 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund 1,250.00 

Carrie Wells Fund 30.70 

Henry S. Raymond Fund 75.00 

Memorial Library' Fund 200.00 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 6.25 

George T. Ames Fund 9.50 

Dr. Robert Davis Fund 25.00 

Georgia E. Whitnq^ Fund 350.00 

Elizabeth White Fund 900.00 



Trust Fund Income 

Betsey M. Ball Fund $319.36 

Cemeter)' Fund 2,276.92 

Elizabeth White Fund 837.47 

Georgia E. Whitney Fund 448.46 

Frank C Hiy^^SLrd Fund 30.00 

Hoit and Scott Fund 12.50 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund 2,671.51 

J. Roland Wetherbee Fund 306.26 

Memorial Library' Fund 542.49 

Memorial Library Tainter Fund 473.06 

Stabilization Fund 276.25 

Carrie Wells Fund 32.50 

George T. Ames Fund 9.59 

Mrs. Harr)' O'Neil Fund 7.68 

Acton High School Library Fund 41.26 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 204.43 



$2,375.00 



$20,617.40 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 151 



Dr. Robert I. Davis Fund 35.00 

Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Fund 48.75 

Henry S. Raymond Monument Fund 22.76 

Henr)' S. Raymond Fund 77.03 

Sarah A. Watson Fund 81.26 

Frank Knowlton Fund 30.00 

Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund 4.06 



$8,788.60 



Total Receipts for 1958 $1,353,930.66 

Cash Balance January 1, 1958 1,167,094.05 



52,521,024.71 
Paid Selectmen's Orders for 1958 51,963,440.03 



Cash Balance December 31, 1958 5557,584.68 

OUTSTANDING NOTES AND BONT)S 

Elementary School Bonds, Chapter 44, 

General Laws 31 to 90 due 1959 to 

1970, Julia McCarthy School 560,000.00 

Elementar)' School Bonds, Chapter 645, Acts 

1948, 61 to 200 due 1959 to 1972, Julia 

McCarthy School $140,000.00 

Elementar)' School Bonds, Chapter 44, Sec- 
tion 7, Clause 3, 16 to 240, due 1959 

to 1977, New School 5225.000.00 

Elementary School, Bonds, Chapter 645, Acts 

1948, 31 to 600, due 1959 to 1977, 

New School $570,000.00 

Fire Station Notes, Chapter 44, General 

Laws, 302 to 349, due 1959 to 1962 .... $48,000.00 



Acton High School Library Fund 

Balance January' 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $1,500.00 

Income Balance 208.93 

$1,708.93 
Received Interest for 1958 47.38 



$1,756.31 



Balance December 31, 1958 
Deposits in Savings Banks $1,756.31 



152 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 
Balance January 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $6,275.00 

Income Balance 1,673.26 

$7,948.26 
Received to Fund in 1958 

Company Salaries $275.00 

Interest 259.79 

534.79 

$8,483.05 
Balance December 31, 1958 

Deposits in Savings Banks $8,476.80 

Paid Trustees Order 6.25 

$8,483.05 

George T. Ames Fund 

Balance Januar)' 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $465.49 

Received Interest for 1958 9.60 

$475.09 
Balance December 31, 1958 

Deposits in Savings Banks $465.59 

Transfer to Town Account 9.50 

$475.09 

Betsey M. Ball Fund 

Balance Januar)- 1, 1958 

Principal Fund 10,095.26 

Income Balance 2,354.51 

$12,449.77 
Received Interest for 1958 389.93 

$12,839.70 
Balance December 31, 1958 
Deposits in Savings Banks $12,839.70 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 153 

Cemetery Surplus 

Balance January 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $241.07 

Received Interest for 1958 7.28 



$248.35 
Balance December 31, 1958 
Deposit in Savings Bank $248.35 

Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $71,472.21 

Income Balance 11,278.15 



Received for Perpetual Care $2,975.00 

Received Interest for 1958 2,591.84 



$82,750.36 



$5,566.84 

S88,317.20 
Balance December 31, 1958 

Deposits in Savings Banks $81,617.20 

U. S. Savings Bonds 5,600.00 

Transfer to Town Account 1,100.00 



$88,317.20 



Dr. Robert I. Davis Fund 

Balance January 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $1,000.00 

Income Balance 52.44 

$1,052.44 
Received Interest for 1958 36.98 



$1,089.42 



Balance December 31, 1958 

Deposits in Savings Banks $1,064.42 

Transferred to Town Account 25.00 

$1,089.42 



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Elizabeth White Fund 

Balance Januar)- 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $25,000.00 

Income Balance 1,718.89 

$26,718.89 
Received Interest for 1958 878.28 

$27,597.17 

Balance December 31, 1958 

Deposits in Savings Banks $26,697.17 

Paid Trustees' Orders for 1958 900.00 

$27,597.17 

Georgia E. Whitney Fund 

Balance January 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $14,073.70 

Income Balance 63.58 

$14,137.28 
Received Interest for 1958 459.62 

$14,596.90 

Balance December 31, 1958 

Deposits in Savings Banks $14,246.90 

Paid Trustees' Orders for 1958 350.00 

$14,596.90 

Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $1,500.00 

Income Balance 242.70 

$1,742.70 
Received Interest for 1958 55.83 

$1,798.53 

Balance December 31, 1958 

Deposits in Savings Banks $1,773.53 

Transfer to Town Account 25.00 

$1,798.53 



THE TOWN OF ACTON ]SS 

Frank C. Hayward Fund 

Balance January 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $1,000.00 

Income Balance 264.25 

Received Interest for 1958 



$1,264.25 
38.06 


$1,302.31 


$1,302.31 



Balance December 31, 1958 
Deposits in Savings Banks 

Hoit and Scott Fund 

Balance January 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $500.00 

Income Balance 125.67 

$625.67 

Received Interest for 1958 16.31 



$641.98 

Balance December 31, 1958 

U. S. Savings Bond $500.00 

Deposit in Savings Bank 141.98 



Mrs. Harry CNeil's Fund 



$641.98 



Balance Januar)' 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $372.39 

Received Interest for 1958 7.68 



$380.07 
Balance December 31, 1958 
Deposits in Savings Banks $380.07 

Frank R. Knowlton Cemetery Fund 

Balance Januar)' 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $1,000.00 

Income Balance 33.24 

$1,033.24 

Received Interest for 1958 31.10 



$1,064.34 



Balance December 31, 1958 
Deposits in Savings Banks $1,064.34 



156 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $1,627.30 

Received for Perpetual Care 750.00 

Received Interest for 1958 54.85 

$2,432.15 
Balance December 31, 1958 

Deposits in Savings Banks $2,389.15 

Transfer to Town Account 43.00 

$2,432.15 

Henry S. Raymond Fund 
Monument Perpetual Care 

Balance January 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $700.00 

Income Balance 238.90 

$938.90 
Received Interest for 1958 30.66 

$969.56 
Balance December 31, 1958 
Deposits in Savings Banks $969.56 



Henry S. Raymond Fund 

Balance January 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $2,000.00 

Income Balance 360.70 

$2,360.70 
Received Interest for 1958 77.03 

$2,437.73 
Balance December 31, 1958 

Deposits in Savings Banks $2,362.73 

Transfer to Town Account 75.00 

$2,437.73 



THE TOWN OF ACTON U7 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund 

Balance January 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $82,238.95 

Income Balance 8,051.04 

$90,289.99 

Received Interest for 1958 2,952.56 

$93,242.55 
Balance December 31, 1958 

Deposits in Savings Banks $91,992.55 

Transfer to Town Account 1,250.00 

$93,242.55 

J. Roland Wetherbee Fund 

Balance January 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $10,000.00 

Income Balance 1,320.60 

$11,320.60 

Received Interest for 1958 346.40 

$11,667.00 
Balance December 31, 1958 

Deposits in Savings Banks $11,659.50 

Transfer to Georgia E. Whitney Fund, 

Adjustment 7.50 

$11,667.00 

Wilde Memorial Library Fund 

Balance January 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $31,879.64 

Income Balance 636.91 

■ $32,516.55 

Received Interest for 1958 1,102.49 

$33,619.04 

Balance December 31, 1958 

Deposits in Savings Banks $31,869.09 

West Shore R. R. Bond 1,000.00 

Transfer to Town Account 749.95 

$33,619.04 



158 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Sarah A. Watson Fund 
Balance January 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $2,500.00 

Income Balance 13.54 

$2,513.54 
Received Interest for 1958 81.79 



Balance December 31, 1958 



Received Interest for 1958 $299.31 

Article 21 Town Meeting 6,000.00 



$2,595.33 



Deposits in Savings Banks $2,542.33 

Transfer to Town Account 53.00 

$2,595.33 



West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

Balance January 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $914.37 

Received Interest for 1958 29.95 

$944.32 

Balance December 31, 1958 
Deposit in Savings Bank $944.32 



Stabilization Fund 

Balance January' 1, 1958 

Principal Fund $10,000.00 

Income Balance 632.05 



$10,632.05 



$6,299.31 
$16,931.36 

Balance December 31, 1958 

Deposit in Savings Bank $931.36 

Transfer to Town Account 16,000.00 

$16,931.36 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 159 



Carrie Weils Cemetery Fund 

Principal Fund (New) $3,000.00 

Received Interest for 1958 32.50 



Respectfully submitted. 



$3,032.50 



Balance December 31, 1958 

Deposits in Savings Banks $3,001.80 

Transfer to Town Account 30.70 



$3,032.50 



WM. HENRY SOAR, 

Town Treasurer 



SECTION E 

Town Officers and Appointments 161 

Jury List 168 

Federal and State Officers Inside Back Cover 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 161 



TOWN OFFICERS 

Moderator 

James Edward Kinsley 

Selectmen 

*Leo C. Cunningham Term Expires 1959 

Martin S. Meigs, Jr Term Expires I960 

Charles D. MacPherson Term Expires 196I 

** Lawrence Donnelly 

Town Clerk Town Treasurer 

Charles M. MacRae William Henry Soar 

Assessors 

Albert P. Durkee Term Expires 1959 

James W. Baker Term Expires I960 

CarlC. Flint Term Expires 1961 

Town Collector Tree Warden 

Charles M. MacRae Franklin H. Charter 

Board of Public Welfare 

Clinton S. Curtis Term Expires 1959 

Lossie E. Laird Term Expires I960 

Raymond A. Gallant Term Expires I96I 

Cemetery Commissioners 

Harry E. Holt Term Expires 1959 

Harlan E. Tuttle Term Expires I960 

How^ard F. Jones Term Expires 1961 

Constables 

T. Frederick S. Kennedy Edward J. Collins, Jr. 

Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr. David W. Scribner 

Trustees of Memorial Library 

Florence W. Durkee Term Expires 1959 

Florence A. Merriam Term Expires I960 

Frederick T. Heyliger Term Expires 196I 

* Resigned ** Elected to replace 



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School Committee 

Thomas E. Wetherbee Term Expires 1959 

Everyn N. MacLean Term Expires 1959 

Edmond J. McNiff Term Expires I960 

Elizabeth H. Boardman Term Expires I960 

George E. Neagle Term Expires 1961 

Lloyd E. Williamson Term Expires 1961 

Board of Health 

Robert C. Heustis Term Expires 1959 

Martin J. Duggan Term Expires I960 

Donnell W. Boardman Term Expires 1961 

Planning Board 

David G. Stuart Term Expires 1959 

Harold W. Flood Term Expires I960 

Charles Judd Farley Term Expires 1961 

David P. Tinker Term Expires 1961 

John H. Loring Term Expires 1962 

Trustees of Elizabeth White Fund 

Hazel P. Vose Term Expires 1959 

*Thelma M. Blood Term Expires I960 

Helen B. Wood Term Expires 1961 

**Eleanor P. Wilson 

Trustees of West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

Arno H. Perkins Term Expires 1959 

H. Stuart MacGregor Term Expires I960 

James B. Wilson Term Expires 1961 

Trustees of Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

Frederick T. Kennedy Term Expires 1959 

Clarence Frost Term Expires I960 

Herbert W. Merriam Term Expires 1961 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund 

James N. Gates Term Expires 1959 

Roy H. Linscott Term Expires I960 

Thelma L. Boatman Term Expires 1961 



Resigned **Elected to replace 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 163 



APPOINTMENTS MADE BY SELECTMEN — 1958 

Executive Clerk 

Virginia Milbery 

Finance Committee 

Robert T. Lund H. Bradford Sturtevant, III 

H. Calvin Gaebel Arthur W. Lee 

Allen G. Moody Thomas N. Rogers 

Board of Appeals 

Edward M. Ferry Term Expires 1959 

Otto O. Pasanen Term Expires I960 

Carol H. Flagg Term Expires 1961 

Associates 

John W. Lothrop Term Expires I960 

Hayward S. Houghton Term Expires 1961 

Superintendent of Streets 
Benjamin F. Rice 

Registrars of Voters 

James B. Wilson Term Expires 1959 

Grace J. Cullinane Term Expires I960 

Julia A. Barry Term Expires 1961 

Charles M. MacRae Ex-Officio 

Town Accountant 

Donald O. Nylander Term Expires 1959 

Chief of Fire Department 

(Permanent) 

H. Stuart MacGregor 

Election Officers 

Precinct I 

Warden — Irene F. McLaughlin 

Clerk — Arthur D. Raymond 

Inspector — Inga Frost 

Inspector — Alice C. Duren 

Deputy Warden — John F. McLaughlin 



164 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Deputy Clerk — Helen R. Edwards 
Deputy Inspector — Edith M. Hollowell 
Deputy Inspector — Marion E. Stevens 
Teller — Edna R. Custance 
Teller — Katharine M. Condon 

Precinct II 

Warden — Margaret Larsen 
Clerk — Bertha Carr Tucker 
Inspector — Martha I. Lowden 
Inspector — Sophia Walsh 
Deputy Warden — Lucille Cunningham 
Deputy Clerk — Phyllis M. Moyer 
Deputy Inspector — Hazel P. Vose 
Deputy Inspector — Michael J. Walsh 
Teller — Elsie T. Winslow 
Teller — Mabel S. McKelvie 

Precinct III 

Warden — Barbara J. McPhee 
Clerk — Phyllis K. Sprague 
Inspector — Barbara Nylander 
Inspector — Martin J. Duggan 
Deputy Warden — - Harry E. Holt 
Deputy Clerk — Stanley A. Nedza 
Deputy Inspector — Elsie M. Godfrey 
Deputy Inspector — - Genevieve L. Hatch 
Teller — Minnie C Veasie 
Teller — Mary H. Prentice 

Recreation Commission 

Frederick T. Heyliger Term Expires 1959 

Margaret J. Lundberg Term Expires I960 

Patience H. MacPherson Term Expires 1961 

Nicholas Albanese Term Expires 1961 

Allan R. Murray Term Expires 1962 

Acton - Boxborough Regional District School Committee 
Elizabeth H. Boardman Thomas E. Wetherbee 

Inspector of Animals 
Carl W. Flint 



Sealer of Weights and Measures 

George K. Hayward 



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165 



Town Forest Committee 

Emery D. Nelson Term Expires 1959 

Franklin H. Qiarter Term Expires I960 

Arno H. Perkins Term Expires 1961 

Surveyors of Wood and Lumber 
Oliver D. Wood E. John Torkelsen 

Fence Viewers 

Laurence Hadley Louis F. Leveroni 

Allan R. Murray 

Fire Alarm Operator 

Frederic W. Rimbach 



William C. Kazokas 



Field Drivers 



George Kemp 



Superintendent of Moth Work 
Franklin H. Charter 



Burial Agent 

Ian M. Mott 



Veterans' Agent 

Ian M. Mott 



Director of Veterans' Services 
Ian M. Mott 



Inspector of Wires 

Leslie F. Parke 



Police Officers 

^Edward J. Collins, Jr., Chief 
•Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr., Sergeant 



*Warren F. Birch 


Louis F. Leveroni 


*David W. Scribner 


Safford P. Sweatt 


*William J. Durkin, Jr. 


T. Frederick S. Kennedy 


*Norman L. Roche 


Carl W. Flint 


*William S. Kendall, Jr. 


Ray L. Harris 


*Robert A. Bartlett 


Franklin H. Charter 


*John V. Gregory 


Edward R. Kelly 


Richard N. Farrell 


Ole Garthe 


Irving W. Davis 


Carl Simeone 


Benjamin F. Rice 


Robert S. Rhodes 


James P. Conheeney, Jr. 





* Civil Service 



1166 223rd ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Superintendent of Jones Memorial Field 
Frederic W. Rimbach 

Superintendent of Goward Field 
Frederic W. Rimbach 

Workmen's Compensation Agent 
Theron A. Lowden 

Director of Civil Defense 
John F. McLaughlin 

Deputy Director of Civil Defense 

Donald L. Files 



Public Weighers 

William Braman Paul Greenough 

G. Howard Reed Harold Whitney 

Oliver W. LeBlanc, Jr. Robert Greenough 

Barbara LeBlanc A. W. Davis 

*Philip Newell Francis L. Bry 

Carl W. Flint Arthur P. Genetti 

Harold A. Merriam Alan C Wagner 

Otis J. Reed Paul M. Wagner, Jr. 

Deceased 



Counsel to the Board of Selectmen 

John J. Sheehan 

Deputy Building Inspector Building Inspector 

H. Stuart MacGregor Albert E. Foster 

Archives Committee 

T. Frederick S. Kennedy Joyce C. Woodhead 

Donald P. Felt 

Town Report Committee 

E. Clayton Steeves Richard A. Bodge 

Phillip C Lende 



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Personnel Board 

Douglas M. MacGrcgor *H. Edward Wrapp 

Peter Gray ** Charles W. Whitehead 

* Moved ** Appointed to replace 

Industrial Development Committee 

Stephen E. Lord Richard J. O'Neil 

Aubrey L. Beck Frederick H. Bubier 

Paul H. Lesure Frederick W. Abbt 

Town Building Committee 

Kenneth E. Jewell Term Expires 1958 

Lloyd W. Priest Term Expires 1959 

Norman Mcintosh Term Expires I960 

Robert B. Lortz Term Expires 1961 

Memorial Day Committee 

Stanley A. Nedza Term Expires 1959 

Rufus W. McFarland Term Expires 1959 

Mrs. Paul K. Zimmer Term Expires 1959 

Theron A. Lowden Term Expires I960 

William R. Horton Term Expires I960 

Norman R. Gilbert Term Expires 1961 

Carroll M. Feltus Term Expires 1961 

By-Law Committee 

Frederick S. Whitcomb David P. Tinker 

William L. Chipman David G. Stuart 

Milford B. Bottomley 

Committee to Compile Trust Fund Data 

Harold F. Nordberg Harrison D. Foote 

David L. May 



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REVISED JURY LEST— 1958 



Precinct I 

Clark C. McElvein, 460 Main Street, salesman 
Louis H. Vigliotti, 260 Great Road, pump man 
Robert J. Burnup, Pope Road, engineer 
Richard S. Flint, 11/2 Nagog Hill Road, chemist 
A. Lucas Gardiner, 11 Henley Road, electrical engineer 
Charles E. Gillespie, 416 Great Road, electrician 
Frank G. Justice, 103 Great Road, poultryman 
Donald E. Mackin, 864 Main Street, engineer 
Herman F. Pfeiffer, 528 Great Road, electrical engineer 
George L. Roche, 401 Main Street, instrument assembler 
Almond M. Tewksbury, Forest Road, salesman 
Warren W. Wheeler, 1 Coughlin Street, banking 

Precinct II 

John A. Flaherty, 11 Chadwick Street, rigger 

Arthur McKelvie, Pine Street, plumber 

Edwin B. Murdough, 87 School Street, civil engineer 

Frederick F. Lawrence, 49 Main Street, electric welder 

Warren Ames, Jr., 76 Robbins Street, office work 

Donald A. Batson, 154 School Street, laboratory technician 

George R. Cohoe, 95 River Street, retired 

Frank A. Gillmore, 118 School Street, electrical technician 

Walter M. Hagen, 9 Lilac Court, Western Electric 

John L. Lennon, 27 Robbins Street, engineer 

Raymond J. Rouillard, 16 Billings Street, maintenance 

John R. Thim, Jr., Hosmer Street, sales engineer 

Precinct III 

Clyde J. Home, 13 Orchard Drive, assistant plant manager 

Donald J. MacLennan, Nash Road, engineer 

Edward M. Kelly, 15 Mohegan Road, assistant manager 

Hervey P. Gauvin, 7 Mohegan Road, physicist 

Robert B. Lightbody, 3 Lillian Road, manager 

William P. McDonald, 58 Seminole Road, engineer 

Matthew D. Freeman, Prospect Street, plumber 

Edward B. Apel, 80 Seminole Road, credit department 

Albert S. Davidson, 2 Nash Road, insurance 

Jay A. Gibbs, 23 Nashoba Road, section supervisor 

Robert M. Hayward, 44 Mohawk Drive, plant manager 

James R. Sims, 6 Marian Road, engineer 



FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICIALS 

President of the United States 

Dwight David Eisenhower 

Vice-President of the United States 

Richard M. Nixon 

United States Senators 

Leverett Saltonstall 
John F. Kennedy 

Representative in Congress 

Edith Nourse Rogers — Fifth Congressional District 



Officials of the Commonwealth 



Governor 

Lieutenant Governor 

Secretary 

Treasurer 

Auditor 

Attorney General 



Foster Furcolo 
Robert H. Murphy 
Joseph D. Ward 
John F. Kennedy 
Thomas J. Buckley 
Edward J. McCormack, Jr. 



Governor's Council 
Third District 



Edward J. Cronin 
Watertown, Mass. 



Senator 

Fifth Middlesex District 



William E. Hays 
Waltham, Mass. 



Representative in the 
General Court 
Eleventh Middlesex District 



Vernon R. Fletcher 
Chelmsford, Mass. 



AKKCteU IZefiait 1959 

TOWN OF ACTON 



MASSACHUSETTS 




SPECIAL REPORT - PLANNING BOARD 



A VISION 

We have all heard about the population explosion. According to 
current statistics there is a new American born every six seconds. The 
town of Acton, like many another community, is growing rapidly. 
In 1765 the population of Acton was 611. In 1850 it was 1,605; 
in 1900 — 2,120; in 1940 — 2,701; in 1945 — 2,869; in 1950 — 3,510; 
in 1955 — 4,681; and the population in 1959 is estimated to be near 
7,000. These figures mean that in the fifty years from 1850 to 1900 
Acton's population increased 32 per cent. From 1900 to 1940 it increased 
only 27 per cent. But from 1945 to 1955 — a period of only ten years 
— the population increased 63 per cent. One estimate has it that the 
figure may reach 25,000 by 1975. 

It is apparent that the future responsibility for and development of 
this town lies not only on the Planning Board but upon each and every 
Acton citizen. All these people must be provided with adequate housing, 
education, and proper social and recreational facilities. 

The Minuteman who appears on our cover — a striking figure from 
the past — watches in amazement the march of progress ; sees across the 
years — a vision of future growth and expansion. 

Today we are perhaps on the threshold of an era of rapid growth 
such as the world has never known. Anyone who has seen the changes 
in the town of Acton during the past ten, even five years is quite cog- 
nizant of this era of growth — of more housing, more streets, more 
schools, more places of business, more industries. This era of change 
and growth is of course evident in our state, our country, and in our 
world. 

It is a complex world, but in it the individual is not forgotten, nor 
is his community. Every citizen in every town and city in The United 
States is important. He faces the challenge of the future — as did his 
forefathers — with foresight, ingenuity, and courage. He endeavors, 
through the operation of his local government, to make his community 
a better and safer place in which to live. 

In keeping with this theme of progress and planning, your Acton 
Town Report Committee has featured this year two special reports — 
one by the Planning Board and the other by the Industrial Development 
Committee. Certainly there is a nostalgic pleasure in looking back into 
the past, but we must also live in the present and constantly point toward 
the future. 

Each year, in a cycle of five years, the Acton Town Report will 
feature two town departments. 1959 is the third year of the first cycle. 



ANNUAL REPORTS 




^(Uim ^ /4cta^ 



MASSACHUSETTS 



FOR ITS 

TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FOURTH 

MUNICIPAL YEAR 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST 



1959 



MURPHY a SNYDER, INC. * MAYNARD, MASS. 



TABLE OF CONTENTS 

SECTION A Pase Number 

Selectmen's Report 3 

Special Planning Board Report 5 

Charts 11 

Planning Board Report 15 

Special Industrial Development Committee Report 18 

SECTION B 

Town Clerk's Report 23 

Trust Fund Committee Report 60 

SECTION C 

Acton School Department Report and 

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Report 73 

SECTION D 

Archives Committee 123 

Board of Appeals 124 

Building Committee 124 

Building Inspector 125 

Cemetery Commissioners 125 

Civil Defense 126 

Dog Officer 127 

Elizabeth White Fund 128 

Fence Viewers 128 

Fire Department 128 

Goodnow Fund 131 

Health 131 

Inspector of Animals 135 

Inspector of Wires 136 

Insurance Committee 136 

Library 139 

Moth Superintendent 140 

Personnel Board 140 

Police Department 147 

Recreation Commission 150 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 151 

Superintendent of Streets 151 

Town Forest Committee 153 

Tree Warden 153 

Veterans' Services 154 

Welfare 155 

SECTION E 

Accountant 157 

Assessors 172 

Collector 173 

State Auditor's Report 179 

Treasurer 188 

SECTION F 

Town Officers and Appointments 203 

Jury List 210 

Federal and State Officers 211 



SECTION A 



Selectmen's Report 3 

Special Planning Board Report 5 

Planning Board Report 15 

Special Industrial Development Committee Report 18 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



SELECTMEN'S REPORT 

To THE Citizens of the Town of Acton: 

We hereby submit reports of the several departments under the 
supervision of the Board of Selectmen. Reports of Officers and Com- 
mittees not found in the Town Report are on file in our office and are 
open for inspection during regular office hours. 

During the year 1959, forty-eight regular and five special meetings 
were held in addition to meetings with many of the committees and 
boards of the Town. 

As pointed out in the past several reports, the one major problem 
that continues to be most pressing is the increasing cost of municipal 
serv^ices caused by the population growth of the Town and the continued 
inflationary trend of the economy. The Greater Boston Economic Study 
Committee report spells out quite graphically the trend. Although Acton 
is on the fringe of the so-called outer band, the 1970 projections show a 
decided increase in population. The 1970 projected figure of 8,100 
seems very much on the low side. 

The year 1959 saw the start of a comprehensive plan for the Town. 
The continuation of this program as a guide to the future orderly growth 
of the community is a must in the opinion of this Board. 

The Board of Selectmen will sponsor an article this year for the 
employment of a full time engineer. The need for such services to the 
Planning Board, the Superintendent of Streets and the Selectmen is urgent 
and immediate. Too often, subdivisions have been accepted by the Town 
and the resulting problems from lack of proper inspection and engineering 
have had to be remedied at considerable expense to the Town. This is 
in no way to be construed as a criticism of the Planning Board but rather 
as one of the problems arising from a rapidly growing community. It is 
impossible for a volunteer group such as the Planning Board, no matter 
how willing, to devote the numerous hours above and beyond the normal 
serv^ices to a town and it is unfair to ask that any group of citizens be 
required to donate more of their time without the professional help 
that a full time engineer could offer. 

The proposed Chapter 90 construction on Powder Mill Road was 
not started this year because the engineering and awarding of the con- 
tract by the State was not completed in time to start construction. 
We have been advised that the Town's share for this project may have 
to be increased and for that reason an article on Chapter 90 construction 
this year will include both Main Street, South Acton and Powder Mill 
Road. 



224th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



This Board is of the opinion that immediate steps should be taken 
to incorporate a Department of Pubhc Works within the Town. The 
co-ordinated use of man-power, equipment and so forth, would result 
in a more efficient operation of the several departments involved. 

An article will be inserted in the Annual Warrant to proceed with 
the preliminar}' plans for the new fire station in South Acton. The 
Selectmen have asked that a storage vault for Town Records and a meet- 
ing room for the Finance Committee be incorporated into the plans 
for this building. 

The building program for schools, police station and the eventual 
establishment of a public works area must yet be faced and these pose a 
tremendous problem for Town Officials over the next few years. 

The Board wishes to express its appreciation to all individuals, boards 
and committees who have faithfully carried out their duties throughout 
the past year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CHARLES D. MacPHERSON, 
LAWRENCE DONNELLY, 
MARTIN S. MEIGS, JR., 

Board of Selectmen. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



SPECIAL PLANNING BOARD REPORT 

The History of the Acton Planning Board 

The Acton Planning Board was created by the action of the Annual 
Town Meeting held on March 9, 1953. In the six years of its existence, 
the Board has made many contributions to the orderly development of 
the Town. Needless to say, many of the recommendations presented for 
consideration by the Town have been controversial and much discussion 
has resulted. 

The Planning Board duties are outlined in Chapter 4l of the 
General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. These duties, 
broadly stated, comprise tu^o main areas of activity: 

1, The supervision of new subdivisions. 

2. The formulation of long and short range planning objectives. 

The supervision of subdivisions is carried out by means of the Rules 
and Regulations of the Planning Board, which are drawn up to fit the 
general framework of the General Laws. These General Laws were 
accepted by the Town in Article 28 of the Annual Town Meeting of 
March 9, 1953. 

The formulation of long and short range planning objectives is 
carried out by means of regular, frequent discussions with the Board of 
Selectmen, the Board of Health, the Police Chief, the Fire Chief, the 
Finance Committee, the Industrial Development Committee, the Water 
District, and other Town Boards and citizens' groups. The results of 
these discussions have produced the Building Bylaw as well as drastic 
amendments to the Earth Removal and the Protective Zoning Bylaw, 
which was originally adopted December 16, 1953. With the rapidly 
changing character of the Town, a continuous evolution of these important 
bylaws has been required. There are indications that this evolution may 
be even more rapid due to the construction of the new peripheral 
highway. Route 110, west of Acton. The effect of this highway may be 
similar to that experienced by towns along Route 128. The Town must 
be prepared for this eventuality. 

The Planning Board of 1953-1954, which was made up of the Board 
of Selectmen for that year, approved thirteen subdivisions. Since there 
were no rules for subdivision control at that time, there was little or no 
attempt to monitor these subdivisions. Several of these early subdivisions 
are still being developed today. 

In 1954, the first five-man planning board was elected by the Town. 
This board consisted of Robert Stow, Thomas Motley, Richard Gallant, 
Frederick Whitcomb, and Aubrey Kretschmar. This board drew up the 



224th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



first rules and regulations for subdivision control. A total of five sub- 
divisions were approved during this year. 

A sum of money was appropriated by the Town for a study of 
drainage problems. 

In 1955, Robert Stow was elected to the one-year term remaining 
as a result of Thomas Motley's resignation and H. W. Flood was elected 
to the five-year term. 

Five new subdivisions were approved by the Board. 

A survey of town population growth with especial emphasis upon 
school population was carried out in cooperation with the School Board. 

A Building Bylaw was developed with the aid of a group of local 
building contractors, and this code was adopted by the Town. 

In the year 1956, C. Judd Farley was elected to the Board replacing 
Robert Stow, who completed his term. 

Three subdivisions were approved by the Board in 1956, and three 
new roads were recommended to the Town Meeting for acceptance. 

The Official Map of the Town was completed during the year and 
adopted by the Town Meeting. 

A series of similar street names in the Town were changed by the 
action of the Town Meeting upon the recommendation of the Planning 
Board. This section was instituted at the request of the Police and Fire 
Departments, in the interest of improving emergency service. 

A drainage problem in West Acton, near Willow and Summer 
Streets, was studied and money was appropriated to provide proper flow 
of surface water. This project was 70 per cent complete in 1956, and 
subsequently finished in 1957. A drainage problem at the athletic field 
of the Regional High School was studied and suitable drainage plans 
were evolved. 

A survey of the Town was made as an aid to SUASCO to determine 
the water damage in the Town during the hurricane season. Little benefit 
has been received as the result of this survey. 

Several revisions to the Protective Zoning Bylaw were made by 
the Town at the recommendation of the Planning Board. 

In 1957, John Loring was elected to fill the term completed by 
Richard Gallant. David Tinker was appointed for the remainder of 
the year to fill the unexpired term of Aubrey Kretschmar, who resigned 
after being elected to the Board of Selectmen. Mr. Kretschmar died 
during his first year as Selectman. His dedication to Town affairs has 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



served as an inspiration to many of the present members of the Planning 
Board. 

A total of four subdivisions were approved during the year. Ten 
newly completed streets were accepted by the Town Meeting as a result 
of the Board's favorable recommendation. 

A drainage problem in South Acton was referred to the Board for 
study. This problem, which had many legal and engineering aspects, was 
discussed in a report to the Town in the Annual Report for 1957. 

Further amendments to the Protective Zoning Bylaw, ten in number, 
were recommended to the Town at two Town Meetings. Two of the 
ten were not approved by the Town. 

Extensive re\'ision of the Building Bylaw, from a fire safety stand- 
point, was carried out with Chief MacGregor's help and adopted by the 
Town Meeting. 

In 1958, David Tinker was elected to the five year term while 
David Stuart was elected to the vacant unexpired one year term. 

A total of 18 roads were accepted by the Town Meeting upon the 
positive recommendation of the Planning Board. Five new subdivisions 
were approved by the Board during the year. 

The Rules and Regulations of the Planning Board were extensively 
revised, in the light of four years of experience, and these new rules 
were adopted as effective December 8, 1958. 

A study of Comprehensive Planning methods was started by the 
Board with a view of making a suitable recommendation to the Town. 
A total of nine consulting firms were interviewed to determine their 
approach to Acton's long term planning problems. Four of this group 
were asked to submit specific proposals, and the proposal of Economic 
Development Associates of Boston was the one ultimately recommended 
to the March 1959 Town Meeting for acceptance. 

The routine activities of the Board were formalized to a greater 
degree in order to improve Board efficiency and to reduce the length of 
time required for routine actions. 

In 1959, David Stuart was elected to the five year term. 

The articles for the retention of the consultants for the two year 
program of Comprehensive Town Planning was approved by the Town 
Meeting, and this work is now underway. 

An article for a survey of street numbering in the Town was also 
approved. This job is complete and revised house numbers are being 



8 224th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

assigned. A plan to cover the future growth of the Town has been 
formulated and is to be used as needed. 

The detailed summary of the activities of the Board for 1959 appear 
elsewhere in this report. 

The role of the chairman and the clerk is especially important to 
the smooth working of the Acton Planning Board. The following 
members have served in these capacities: 

Chairman Clerk 

1954-1955 Frederick Whitcomb Richard Gallant 

1955 - 1956 Robert Stow H. W. Flood 

1956 - 1957 H. W. Flood C. Judd Farley 

1957 - 1958 H. W. Flood C. Judd Farley 

1958 - 1959 C. Judd Farley David Tinker 

1959 - I960 C. Judd Farley David Tinker 

The Planning Board has been largely responsible for the practice 
of holding a special town meeting in the fall of each year to handle 
street acceptances and amendments to the Town Bylaws. These meetings, 
which have now been held for several years, greatly facilitate the 
business of the Annual Town Meeting. 

The Planning Board through the Town Consultants, Economic 
Development Associates, made considerable progress during 1959 in the 
preparation of its comprehensive planning program. 

The Board first completed its street numbering survey for the town 
during the summer months. Although not a generally accepted part of 
a town-wide planning program, it served to provide an up-to-date map 
with all new subdivisions recorded thereon. This map was subdivided 
into sections, both for use as Assessor's preliminary property line maps 
and as field maps for the street numbering and land use referenced 
with a card file index of each dwelling unit or family in the town. 
Existing street numbers were either confirmed or changed on the basis 
of the adopted system. 

Following this study, the Board undertook a three-phase program 
which included (1) a complete land use analysis, (2) a population 
study and forecast and (3) a sewerage and drainage review and analysis 
with recommendations. The first two steps are fundamental to any com- 
prehensive planning program and the third is a specific problem with 
broad implications and for which land use and population data are 
essential. 

At press time for this report, all phases were not complete but an 
initial summary can be made as follows: 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



The mapping of the patterns of land use in the town was accom- 
phshed mainly through a field survey during a period of several days by 
driving over the streets, highways, and byways and making notes on a 
set of the 26 section sheets of the base map. The resultant map is a 
diagram showing that portion of the land which man has brought under 
his control for specific purposes rather than a definitive outline of legal 
ownership. The basic intent of the map then is to show use, not owner- 
ship. 

As the planning program continues the land use map will be further 
refined and updated. 

The distinguishing characteristic of land use in Acton is that no 
pattern exists save that of the major transportation facilities. As the 
planning process continues, a constant reappraisal is essential to find the 
intrinsic patterns of life within the distribution of the various functions 
for which the land is used. From this appraisal will come a determination 
of the future needs of the community and the distribution of land use 
that will best promote the welfare of the town. 

Specifically, the distribution of land uses can be tabulated as follows: 



Residential 


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300 


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A further breakdown of the vacant land can be made on the basis 
of land characteristics and the extent to which this land is potentially 
developable. 

The second phase of the study concerning population included a 
summary- of the existing dwelling units in the town plotted on a map. 

Next, a population forecast was prepared from an analysis of the 
existing dwelling units and land characteristics in all sections of the 
town. This analysis showed the developable portions of the town and 
their zoning requirements. Using careful computation and measurements, 
the forecast was prepared for each of 16 small drainage areas within the 
town which were to be utilized in the third phase of the study. 

For the town as a whole, the present number of dwelling units 
(families), approximately 1900, could be expanded under present land 
policies and land availabilit}^ by approximately 10,700 dwelling units or 
an increase of 500 per cent. This figure represents an ultimate or 
saturation population of 12,600 dwelling units or 46,500 people based 
on 3.7 persons per dwelling unit. Changes in zoning requirements, num- 
ber of persons per family, land availabilit}', the results of the sewerage 
study and other factors would alter this projection, probably downward. 



10 224th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

The sewerage drainage study was initiated by the selection of smaller 
drainage areas for the town — for each of the two streams — Nashoba 
and Fort Pond Brooks. Each of these small areas — 16 in all — have 
been studied and detailed summaries have been prepared. The type of 
zoning, soil characteristics, topography, amount of vacant land, and land 
use have been noted for each in descriptive comments. These are being 
converted into recommendations for the future development within the 
area, the ultimate population concentration which can be determined 
and the probable need for sanitary sewers and special drainage facilities. 
The study and recommendations will soon be concluded, and the entire 
results and recommendations reproduced in a suitable report. 

While there are still many important planning activities ahead for 
the Town of Acton, the devoted activities of the members of the Planning 
Board in the first six years of its existence has put these future activities 
upon a sound basis. 



NOTES: 

All maps drawn by Jac Smit under the supervision of Qiarles 
E. Downe, principal planner for Economic Development Asso- 
ciation. 

All originals of maps are 42" by 56", available for inspection 
at the Planning Board, Acton, Mass. 



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This map is a composite of various studies. In general any 
shaded area would be expensive or impossible to develop. The 
area served by the existing water mains would develop more 
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No. 4. Population — Growth Potential. 

The shaded squares show the existing and potential popula- 
tion for each of sixteen study areas. The potential was derived 
on a basis of easily developable land and accepting the existing 
zoning regulations as remaining in force. What is shown is that 
approximately 10,700 new families could be added to the exist- 
ing 1900 for a total of 12,600 families, or about 46,000 people. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 15 

REPORT OF THE ACTON PLANNING BOARD 

To THE Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The Planning Board was extremely active during 1959. In addition 
to the regular meetings of the Board held on the first and third Mondays 
of each month, many additional meetings have been necessary. 

The primary activity of the Board, has been administration of the 
Subdivision Control Law. The tightening of the Subdivision Control 
Regulations has been found necessary, and new regulations adopted in 
December 1958 are in effect. We have found the subdividers anxious 
to co-operate in working toward a high standard of subdivision qualit)'. 

The work of the Board has not been confined to scheduled meetings. 
On-the-ground inspection has been required and Board members, accom- 
panied by consulting engineers employed by the Board, have labored many 
hours on week-ends to check subdivision layout, inspect roads, and to 
study drainage. 

The voters at the Annual Town Meeting in March 1959 authorized 
two important projects: 1) a sur\^ey to work out a street numbering 
system for the Town and 2) a Comprehensive Town Plan to help guide 
the future growth of the Town. 

We are glad to report that the survey of the Town street numbering 
system has been completed with the required recommendations. Existing 
numbers have been retained where possible. Card files, listing the 
housing units in the Town, the names of the residents and the assigned 
house numbers have been turned over to the Town Clerk, who will 
notify the affected residents. The hie will be the basis for the I960 
registration lists. 

The Comprehensive Plan, a two year project, has been started. The 
Federal Government had no funds available under Title VII-Housing Act 
of 1954, when the expenditure was authorized by the Town. The Board 
decided that the study was important and that it would be a mistake to 
delay it. A contract with Economic Development Associates who had 
completed the street numbering project was put into operation September 
28, 1959. This contract constitutes about one-half the total study project 
which calls for: 1) a land use study and map; 2) a population study; 
3) a sewerage and drainage study. The agreement is written so that 
funds from the Federal Government, if and when appropriated, may 
be obtained on a matching basis for the uncompleted portion of the 
Comprehensive Town Plan. Application for such funds was filed with 
the Massachusetts Department of Commerce, the agency authorized by 
the Federal Government to handle the Title VII program in Massachu- 
setts. Acton is in the first group of towns for which funds will be 
requested by the Department when Congress makes them available. 



16 224th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

On November 9, 1959, the consultants made progress reports to the 
Planning Board, the Industrial Development Committee, the Finance 
Committee, the Selectmen and the Board of Health. The progress at 
that point was excellent. Detailed recommendations, based on factual 
information gathered, were scheduled to be prepared next. 

During 1959, the following subdivisions were approved: 

1. March 2, 1959, Section I of Oakview Subdivision, West Acton 

Subdivider, Lawrence O. Nichols 

2. April 13, 1959, Section II of Brucewood Estates, 

Subdivider, John F. Cahill 

3. April 30, 1959, Section II of Oakview Subdivision, 

Subdivider, Lawrence O. Nichols 

4. Section II, Flagg Hill Estates 

In the interest of better Town government, the Planning Board 
makes the following recommendations: 

1. That the scheduled Special Town Meeting in November be 
continued. The value of such a meeting has been proved by the 
volume of business that has been handled in 1958 and 1959. 
The Board does not feel that articles involving the expenditure 
of Town funds should be included in this Special Town Meeting. 

2. That a Town Engineer be employed on a full time basis to 
assist the Planning Board, the Superintendent of Streets and 
other Town Boards, Departments and officers. There is need 
for a trained and experienced man to assist in the Technical 
problems that arise in subdivision planning, road maintenance 
and drainage. A preliminary report, recommending action by 
the Selectmen, was submitted to the Special Town Meeting on 
November 23, 1959. 

3. That the Town employ an administrative assistant to the Select- 
men to whom shall be assigned the carrying out of the daily 
routine functions of the Selectmen and the other Town Boards 
and Departments. The advantages of an administrative assistant 
would be twofold: 1. He would be available during the work- 
ing day for the convenience of the townspeople enabling them 
to obtain services during the day that arc now available on 
certain specified evenings, only. 2. The Selectmen and other 
Town Boards and Departments, being freed of routine details, 
could spend more time on policy making, and long range 
planning. 

In spite of the rejection of this proposal by the Town Meeting 
in March 1959 the Board believes that this arrangement offers 
the best solution to a vexing problem. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 17 

4. That the election of Town Ofiicers be held after the Annual 
Town Meeting. This will permit the voters to better appraise 
the policies and performance of Town officials while still in 
office and give the latter an opportunity to explain and/or defend 
their policies and actions. 

5. That the Town continue to work toward making each new sub- 
division as complete and self-supporting as possible. 

We wish to thank the various Boards, Committees and Departments 
of the Town for their co-operation during the past year. We welcome 
suggestions that will make for a better Acton. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CHARLES JUDD FARLEY, Chairman 
H. W. FLOOD, 
JOHN LORING, 
DAVID G. STUART, 
DAVID P. TINKER, 

The Acton Planning Board. 

CJF:VMF 



]Q 224th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

THIRD ANNUAL REPORT OF 
THE ACTON INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE 

To THE Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Gentlemen : 

Your Industrial Development Committee was appointed by the 
Board of Selectmen in the Spring of 1957 under the authority granted 
by the Annual Town Meeting. Article 47 of that year's Town Warrant 
set forth the basic purpose of the Committee very succinctly: ". . . to 
study problems relating to industry in Acton and to report ... to the 
Board of Selectmen." It has long been our guiding conviction that the 
sole goal of industrial development in Acton, hence the goal of our 
Committee as well, is to aid in stemming the rate of growth in the tax 
bill. This viewpoint is certainly borne out by the Finance Committee and 
Planning Board remarks in the 1956 Annual Report. The former noted 
that an Industrial Development Committee "should help in time to 
improve the financial position of the Town ..." The latter recommended 
that "in the interests of improving our Town Government . . . ," an 
"Industrial Commission or Committee be set up by the Town to deter- 
mine ways and means of encouraging desirable industries to settle in the 
Town." Our public hearing in November 1957 merely confirmed the 
fact that the interest of Actonians in industry lay in the expected benefits 
to be derived in terms of taxes. Neither unemployment nor any similar 
problem appears to be involved. Nor is our area of activity intended to 
advance the cause of business, industry, or the private land owner except 
as the Town may benefit directly or indirectly. With this in mind it has 
been our intent to take whatever steps possible to assure Acton of 
retaming present industry and of presenting an environment which 
would lure attractive new industry to appropriate sites at a net financial 
gain to the Town. 

Since 1957 we have necessarily contacted several professionals in 
the field of industrial development. On one point there is general 
agreement: the first step toward sound, profitable industrial development 
is a Comprehensive Town Plan including land use, drainage, tax base, 
and similar studies. We recommended comprehensive town planning in 
our reports of 1958 and 1959 and we are happy that such planning is 
now underway. One cannot, of course, expect any plan to be a final 
and definitive roadmap for all time. Rather it can serve as a flexible guide 
to the development of Acton, subject to improvement as later events 
dictate. One other point: if the balance between industrial-commercial 
land areas and residential areas were to continue to be changed principally 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 19 

at the initiation of the landowner and only after emotionally-charged 
debate, the long term result could well be patchwork in nature and 
satisfactory to neither industry nor resident. Comprehensive planning 
can not only provide competent advice concerning a framework w^ithin 
which industrial development can best take place, but can also meet the 
desires of industry itself which seems to favor the town controlling its 
destiny rather than the town drifting without design. 

We have also recommended the adoption of an Industrial Code for 
Acton. Material is being gathered and analyzed for this code and, with 
the cooperation of the Planning Board and the planning consultant, 
Economic Development Associates, we hope to develop in early I960 
a code which will help to maintain Acton's high residential desirability. 
Such a code would lay down requirements as to minimum size of indus- 
trial lots, maximum percentage of the lots to be occupied by buildings, 
setbacks, "green belts," and proper parking space. An Industrial Code 
also seems essential in order to fulfill our very real obligation to the 
desirable industry already here which has taken such pains to be a credit 
to the Town of Acton. As Paul Tetzlaff, Jr., real estate director for 
Raytheon, has pointed out: companies often lean toward the community 
with careful zoning safeguards and protective covenants. 

During 1959 your Committee turned to several very specific problems: 

1.) There had been a great deal of speculation concerning the 
possible limitation of access to Route 2 by either dead-ending or over- 
passing School Street, Hosmer Street, and Piper-Taylor Roads. One major 
electronics firm turned down our industrial tract on Route 2 for this very 
reason. We therefore went to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 
the person of Mr. Cox, Deputy Chief Engineer of the Department of 
Public Works. He informed us that there were no immediate plans to 
further limit access to Route 2. Moreover, when funds become available 
and the State does make Route 2 a completely limited access highway, 
the State would almost certainly bridge Route 2 at Piper-Taylor Roads 
and at School Street while providing ramps at Hosmer Street. This 
would give access from Route 2 to Hosmer Street and thence to the 
industrial land on the South side of the highway. Rumor can be resolved 
into fact by going to the correct source for information ! 

2.) Because large tracts of industrial land are in North Acton 
outside the Water District, we deemed it advisable to determine the pos- 
sibility of using Lake Nagog as a water supply of the future. Here again 
rumor was rife concerning the availability of the lake for various uses 
and the exact hold on the lake possessed by the Town of Concord. The 
facts concerning this supply are now in our files and these facts have 



20 224th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

become public knowledge. We know that it is by no means impossible 
for the Town to regain partial use of Lake Nagog if required in the 
future. We are also well aware of those detailed steps necessary to 
accomplish this objective. The Town and the West and South Water 
District would undoubtedly cooperate closely in such an undertaking 
because it is the Town which has legal rights to Nagog while it is the 
District which has the distribution system and experience. 

3.) Your Committee has prepared proposals and exhibited indus- 
trial areas in the Town to two large national electronics firms. One firm 
is seeking land on which to place a campus type research complex. This 
firm is enthusiastic about Acton but, although our Route 2 site between 
Piper Road and Hosmer Street meets this firm's general requirements by 
being on a major highway, it is apparently not deep enough. The 
corporation is still seriously considering Acton as a location but the 
rectangularity of the site is a serious obstacle to be overcome. 

The second firm was shown industrially-zoned land on Route 2 A in 
North Acton. This firm required a clear space of great acreage around 
its operation, so the less heavily settled Route 2 A area seemed satisfactory. 
The site was turned down, however, in favor of land in another town 
west of Boston. Lack of immediately available water was at least one 
adverse factor affecting this decision. The need for clear acreage was 
also even greater than could be met by the site in question. 

The five-to-ten year building program contemplated by the first of 
these firms would result in a tremendous shot-in-the-arm for our tax 
base. Judging from recent pictures and statements in the press, the second 
firm would have been an attractive addition to our industrial landscape, 
quite apart from any effect on the taxpayers' pocketbook. 

4.) We have also been contacted by two small businesses searching 
for existing plant space. Although neither has as yet chosen to lease or 
buy space in Acton, your Committee has not only performed specific 
services for both but has also attempted to indicate by its attitude that it 
is willing and able to be of assistance to any desirable newcomers. 

5.) We have been of some limited help to our town planning 
consultant through our knowledge of the location and character of local 
industry and we hope to be of greater value to him in upcoming months. 
Likewise we have answered requests by college students and others for 
thumbnail sketches of Acton's present state of economic development. 

In our report of 1958 we noted that approximately one-eighth of the 
Town's assessed valuation lay in industrial and commercial properties. 
An up-to-date figure and some medium term trends are now being 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 21 

developed. Although we realize that there is no magic ratio here, some 
experts indicate that 15% might be a reasonable level. This means that 
Acton is probably in fair balance due to the fortuitous location here of 
several major companies in the period since World War II. There 
would appear to be time to plan ahead without considering our present 
situation one of economic emergency. The 15% relationship of industrial- 
commercial valuation to total valuation is thought to be desirable to relieve 
the residential taxpayer from bearing the entire burden of financing the 
types of sendees he demands. In our opinion Acton can obtain adequate 
non-residential tax revenue without basically changing the semi-rural 
residential character of the Town. This seems possible because of the 
fortunate circumstance of having Route 2 pass through Acton, con- 
necting Route 128 and the new Route 110. At the moment the Town is 
by no means utilizing this asset at an optimum level; only one relatively 
small tract is now zoned for industry on Route 2. It should be recognized 
that some new industr)^ of some t}'pe is almost certain to come in the 
direction of Acton as economic growth mushrooms out from Route 128 
toward the new Route 110. If we are to obtain "the cream" and if that 
cream is to be so located as to affect Acton favorably, then new acreage 
should be zoned subject to the direction of the Planning Board and the 
town planning consultant. Industrial development experts emphasize that: 
(1.) the type of industry we are discussing is interested principally in 
land zoned and ready; (2.) this zoning should be done while land is 
still available and able to be rezoned without serious argument. Ver}- 
specifically we suggest for consideration within the comprehensive plan: 

(a.) that the State-owned reformator)' land and certain adjoining 
areas should be exclusively zoned for industrial use. 

(b.) that ever}' effort should be made to determine the feasibilit)- 
of the State's releasing its land. We have already initiated steps to ascer- 
tain the State's position on this problem. If the possibility arises that a 
plan favorable to the Town could be developed, we shall solicit the aid 
and direct support of the proper Town officials. While showing Acton 
to industrial buyers, we found that the reformator}' land seemed most 
desirable to them; this seems to back up our contention that an asset so 
potentially valuable to Acton should be released from its present 
debateable use. 

(c.) that other lands along the north side of Route 2 should be 
considered for rezoning, again subject to the approval of the Planning 
Board and the town planning consultant. Here there is an abundance of 
land sufficient in depth and in acreage with a minimum number of 
residences nearby. 



22 224th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

The rczoning of lands along Route 2 might very well create poten- 
tial tax revenues sizeable enough to balance the potential expenses to be 
expected from residential growth for years to come. Such a worthy 
reward should make the necessity for advanced planning and action clear. 

Our position can be summarized very simply: solid advance thinking 
should be able to point to an Acton of the future with a tax base buoyed 
by a proper level of well-regarded industry of high character, located 
and structured to the satisfaction of the large majority of citizens who 
continue to find their Town a desirable residential community. 

A. L. BECK 

ALLEN M. CHRISTOFFERSON 
FREDERICK H. BUBIER 
STEPHEN E. LORD 
RICHARD J. O'NEILL 
January 15, I960 PAUL H. LESURE, Chairman 



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NOTICE 

All dog licenses EXPIRE MARCH 31, 
I960. 

Dogs must be licensed on or before 
April 1st or the owners or keepers 
thereof are liable to a fine. 

The law applies to all dogs three 
months old or over, regardless of 
time of year ownership is acquired. 

No bills are sent to owners of dogs. 



REPORT OF DOG LICENSES ISSUED IN 1959 

646 Licenses @ $2.00 $1,292.00 

86 Licenses @ $5.00 430.00 

12 Licenses @ $10.00 120.00 

3 Licenses @ $25.00 75.00 

2 Licenses @ $50.00 100.00 

2 Transfer Licenses @ $.25 .50 

28 Duplicate Tags @ $.25 7.00 

Paid to Town Treasurer $2,024.50 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 33 

RECORD OF TOWN ELECTION 
HELD MARCH 2. 1959 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Whole number of votes east 237 317 385 939 

MODERATOR, one year 

James Edward Kinsley 199 278 346 823 

Seattered 4 2 6 

Blanks 34 37 39 HO 

TOWN CLERK, one year 

Charles M. MaeRae 144 139 268 551 

William Henry Soar 90 173 114 377 

Blanks 3 5 3 11 

SELECTMEN, three years 

Lawrenee Donnelly 197 225 308 730 

Leo C Cunningham 22 73 46 141 

Seattered 1 1 

Blanks 17 19 31 67 

ASSESSOR, three years 

Albert P. Durkee 223 285 360 868 

Blanks 14 32 25 71 

BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE, three years 

Clinton S. Curtis 214 267 353 834 

Blanks 23 50 32 105 



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William Henry Soar 221 291 361 873 

Charles M. MaeRae 1 34 

Blanks 15 26 21 62 

TOWN COLLECTOR, one year 

William Henry Soar 216 285 342 843 

Charles M. MaeRae 2 2 9 13 

Blanks 19 30 34 83 



34 224th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, three years 

Evelyn N. MacLean 180 239 321 740 

Thomas E. Wetherbee 191 269 330 790 

Frances SulHvan 36 60 57 153 

Scattered 1 1 

Blanks 67 65 62 194 

CONSTABLES, one year 

Edward J. Collins, Jr 199 277 334 810 

Chauncy R. Fenton, Jr 192 293 354 839 

T. Frederick S. Kennedy 148 230 256 634 

David W. Scribner 165 234 303 702 

William J. Durkin, Jr 103 133 195 431 

Scattered 1 1 2 

Blanks l40 101 97 338 

CEMETERY COMMISSIONER, three years 

Harry E. Holt 215 279 367 861 

Blanks 22 38 18 78 

BOARD OF HEALTH, three years 

Robert C. Heustis 165 184 312 661 

Donald L. Files 54 113 65 232 

Blanks 18 20 8 46 

TRUSTEE OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY, three years 

Florence W. Durkee 174 233 272 679 

Louise M. Gardiner 53 69 103 225 

Blanks 10 15 10 35 



PLANNING BOARD, five years 

David G. Stuart 210 268 36l 839 

Scattered 3 3 17 

Blanks 24 46 23 93 



TREE WARDEN, one year 

Franklin H. Charter 224 289 373 886 

Scattered 1 1 

Blanks 13 28 11 52 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 35 

ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 

ANNUAL TOV^N MEETING 

MARCH 9. 1959 

Article 1. To choose all necessary Town Officers and Committees 
and fix the salaries and compensation of all the elective officers of the 
Town. 

Chose: Hazel P. Vose trustee of Elizabeth White Fund for three 
years and Eleanor P. Wilson trustee of Elizabeth White Fund for one 
year to fill vacancy. 

Chose: Arno H. Perkins trustee of West Acton Firemen's Relief 
Fund for three years. 

Chose: Frederick T. Kennedy trustee of Acton Firemen's Relief 
Fund for three years. 

Chose: James N. Gates tmstee of Goodnow Fund for three years. 

Voted: That the salary of the Moderator be fifteen dollars for each 
night of each meeting. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen 
be six hundred dollars and the other members three hundred dollars 
each for the calendar year 1959. 

Voted: That the salary of the Town Clerk be eleven hundred 
seventy-five dollars for the calendar year 1959. 

Motion: That the salary of the Town Treasurer be fifteen hundred 
seventy-five dollars for the calendar year 1959. 

Motion: To amend by striking out fifteen hundred seventy-five 
dollars and inserting three thousand dollars. 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: Roger Crafts, Porter 
Jenks, William O'Connell and Chauncey Fenton. 

Hand vote on amendment: Total — 233 ; Yes — 181, No — 52. 

Voted: That the salary of the Town Treasurer be three thousand 
dollars for the calendar year 1959. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of Assessors 
be three thousand dollars, the Clerk nine hundred fifty dollars and the 
third Member six hundred fifty dollars for the calendar year 1959. 

Voted: That the salary of the Town Collector be twenty-two hun- 
dred dollars for the calendar year 1959. 



36 224th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of Public 
Welfare be one hundred twenty-five dollars and the other Members 
seventy-five dollars each, for the calendar year 1959. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of Health 
be one hundred twenty-five dollars and the other Members seventy-five 
dollars each for the calendar year 1959 and that the Board of Health be 
authorized to appoint one of its own Members as an assistant agent at 
the rate of $1.75 per hour in accordance with the provisions of Section 4A 
of Chapter 41 of the General Laws. 

Voted: That the salary of the Tree Warden be fixed at $1.85 
per hour plus $.75 per hour for use of truck for the calendar year 1959. 



Article 2. To see if the Town will vote to accept the several 
reports of the Town Officers and Boards, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted: To amend the Assessors' Report on Page 131 of the 1958 
Annual Town Report as follows: 

Change 
from to 

State Parks and Reservation tax $24,329.95 $2,432.95 

Town Grant 646,359.13 668,256.13 

Voted: To accept the several reports of the Town Officers and 
Boards. 



Article 3. To hear and act upon the reports of any Committees 
chosen at any previous Town Meeting that have not already reported. 

Final Report of Elementary School Building Committee read. 

Report follows: 

Appropriated March 10, 1952 $300,000.00 

Paid bills approved by building committee.... $290,770.67 
Transferred to Blanchard Auditorium for 

folding door $8,500.00 

Balance transferred to new Elementary School $729.33 
Cost approved by School Building Assistance 

Commission $288,716.01 

Percent of State Aid 38.57 

Approximate State Aid $111,357.76 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 37 

The Elementary School Building Committee approved bills amount- 
ing to $2,054.66 for telephone, certain legal fees, and money spent in the 
o Id High School which does not receive State reimbursement. 

PORTER G. JENKS 
ORMAL LAFFIN 
LEO C. CUNNINGHAM 
DANA B. HINCKLEY 
EDWARD J. BURSAW 

Voted: To accept this report and discharge the Committee with 
thanks. 

Report of Committee to Compile Trust Fund Data read. 

Report follows: 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

This committee was appointed in September 1958 by the Board of 
Selectmen for the purpose of compiling data on trust funds held by the 
Town of Acton, to arrange to have complete information relative to these 
funds available at one source for inspection by any person in the town, 
to provide for the safeguarding of the records of the various trusts, and 
to make recommendations for prudent investments in accordance with the 
provisions of the various trusts and the regulations of the Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts. 

There are 24 trust accounts now established with numerous trusts 
within each account which have strict provisions for administration. 

It is the opinion of this committee that some effort should be 
made to establish a minimum limit for new trust accounts. We have 
found that in reviewing these funds that the income received from some 
accounts does not cover the expense of administration. However, small 
amounts could continue to be received in the general trust accounts now 
established. 

This is in the form of a report of progress of the committee, the 
work will be continued, and it is not anticipated that the committee will 
incur any expense to the Town. 

The committee wishes to thank all of the town officials we have 
contacted from whom we have received full cooperation particularly Mr. 
Frederick Kennedy who has a vast knowledge of these funds. 

Respectfully submitted, 

HAROLD F. NORDBERG 
DAVID L. MAY 
HARRISON D. FOOTE 



38 224th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Voted: To accept this report. 

RESOLVED: That it is the desire of this meeting that the citizens 
of the Town of Acton at the Annual Town Meeting, March 9, 1959, 
wish to be recorded as expressing their pride and appreciation to the 
Acton Promenaders for bringing great credit to themselves and to the 
Town of Acton by virtue of their presentation to the peoples of the 
world at the Brussels Universal and International Exhibition, 1958. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That it is the desire of this 
meeting that this expression of gratitude to the Acton Promenaders be 
duly entered in and be made a part of the permanent records of the 
Town of Acton. 

Attested copies of Resolution have been sent to the following: 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Treyz, Alberta Cook, Margaret Hale, 
Jane Mazzeo, Linda Treyz, Theodore Janericco, David Lee, 
Donald Lee and Richard Nylander. 



Article 4. To see what sums of money the Town will vote to 
raise and appropriate to defray the necessary expenses of the several 
departments of the Town and determine how the same shall be raised. 

Voted: That the following sums of money be appropriated for the 
several purposes hereinafter designated and that the same be expended 
only for those purposes under the direction of the respective boards, 
committees, or officers of the Town as follows, and that the total money 
shall be made available by an appropriation of $65,000.00 from the 
Surplus Revenue Account and that the remainder be raised in the 1959 
Tax Levy. 

General Government 

1. Moderator $75.00 

2. Finance Committee Expense 125.00 

3. Selectmen's Salaries 1,200.00 

4. Selectmen's Expenses 750.00 

5. Town Office Clerical — Wages 14,900.00 

6. Legal Services — Board of Selectmen 750.00 

7. Town Accountant — Salary 1,575.00 

8. Expenses 200.00 

9. Treasurer — Salary 3,000.00 

10. Expenses 550.00 

11. Town Collector — Salary 2,200.00 

12. Expenses 970.00 

13. Assessors' Salaries 4,600.00 

14. Expenses 400.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 39 

15. Town Clerk — Salary 1,175.00 

16. Expenses 520.00 

Election and Registrations 

17. Salaries and Wages 2,125.00 

18. Expenses 715.00 

19. Planning Board — Expenses 1,900.00 

20. Board of Appeals — Expenses 50.00 

21. Total General Government $37,780.00 

Building and Grounds 

22. Buildings and Grounds — Wages $3,480.00 

23. Expenses 4,600.00 

24. Total Buildings and Grounds 58,080.00 

Protection of Persons and Property 

25. Police Department — Salaries and Wages 540,355.00 

26. Expenses 6,500.00 

27. Fire Department — Salaries and Wages 14,765.00 

28. Expenses 8,855.00 

29. Fire Alarm System — Salaries and Wages 5,345.00 

30. Expenses 2,320.00 

31. Fire Hydrant Rental 11,850.00 

32. Sealer of Weights and Measures — Salary 

and Travel 350.00 

33. Expenses 50.00 

34. Moth Department Chapter 657 — Wages 2,450.00 

35. Expenses 1,700.00 

36. Town Forest — Maintenance 100.00 

37. Shade Tree Replacement 425.00 

38. Tree Warden' — Wages 2,550.00 

39. Expenses 1,100.00 

40. Wire Inspector — Salary and Travel 900.00 

41. Expenses 100.00 

42. Building Inspector — Salar)' and Travel 3,400.00 

43. Expenses 75.00 

44. Dog Officer — Wages and Travel 400.00 

45. Building Committee — Expenses 50.00 

46. Civilian Defense — Expenses 1,200.00 

47. Total Protection $104,840.00 

Health and Sanitation 

48. Board of Health — Salaries $275.00 

49. Expenses 2,500.00 



40 224th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

50. Secretary — Salary 650.00 

51. Town Nurse — Salary 3,835.00 

52. Expenses 960.00 

53. Assistant Town Nurse — Wages 650.00 

54. Agent and Assistant Agent — Wages .... 4,210.00 

55. Laboratory Fees 300.00 

56. Town Dump — Custodian — Wages 3,120.00 

57. Assistant Custodian — Wages 1,368.00 

58. Hospital and Sanitorium 2,500.00 

59. Medical Supplies 225.00 

60. School Clinics 1,200.00 

61. Garbage Collector 9,530.00 

62. Inspector of Animals — Salary 150.00 

63. Expenses 30.00 

64. Plumbing Inspector — Wages 1,800.00 

65. Mosquito Control 2,580.00 



()G. Total Health and Sanitation $35,883.00 

Highways 

67. Village Highways $6,500.00 

68. Drainage 10,150.00 

69. Chapter 81 Highways 13,050.00 

70. Chapter 90 Highways 2,200.00 

71. Snow Removal 25,000.00 

72. Traffic Signs and Lines 1,500.00 

73. Vacations and Holidays 2,145.00 

74. Sidewalk Maintenance 250.00 

75. Highway Machinery Maintenance 8,000.00 

76. Street Lighting 8,300.00 

77. Total Highways $77,095.00 

Charities 

78. District and Local Welfare Administration 

— Salaries $3,275.00 

79. General Relief and Disability Assistance 5,500.00 

80. Old Age Assistance 59,000.00 

81. Aid to Dependent Children 9,000.00 

82. Total Charities $76J75.00 

Veterans' Aid 

83. Veterans' Benefits — Agent's Salary $600.00 

84. Expenses 250.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 41_ 

85. Expenditures 8,000.00 

86. Veterans' Services — Salary 200.00 

87. Expenses 25.00 

88. Total Veterans' Aid $9,075.00 

Education 
Local Schools 

89. Instruction $177,437.81 

90. Textbooks and Supplies 11,655.00 

91. Plant Operation 28,155.00 

92. Blanchard Auditorium 9,300.00 

93. Maintenance 2,500.00 

94. Auxiliary Agencies 22,050.00 

95. General Control 8,210.00 

96. Outlay 3,000.00 

97. Contingency Fund 400.00 

98. Total Local School Budget $262,707.81 

Regional School 

99. Instruction $146,737.26 

100. Textbooks and Supplies 9,678.48 

101. Plant Operation 26,636.06 

102. Maintenance 1,604.07 

103. Auxiliary Agencies 4,364.77 

104. Transportation 5,296.88 

105. General Control 7,969.71 

106. Outlay 1,935.02 

107. Blanchard Auditorium Lease 5,128.93 

108. Athletic Fund 2,452.80 

109. Contingency Fund 168.85 

110. Total Regional School Budget $211,972.83 

111. Total Education $474,680.64 

Libraries 

112. Libraries — Salaries and Wages $4,265.00 

113. Expenses 1,460.00 

114. Books 1,000.00 

115. Total Libraries $6,725.00 



42 224th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Recreation 

116. Playgrounds — Wages $1,000.00 

117. Expenses 1,000.00 

118. Total Recreation $2,000.00 

Cemeteries 

119. Cemeteries — Salaries and Wages $13,618.00 

120. Expenses 2,550.00 

121. Total Cemeteries $16,168.00 

Other Classified Expenses 

122. Town Reports $2,035.00 

123. Workmen's Compensation 3,700.00 

124. Surety Bonds 950.00 

125. Archives Committee — Expenses 200.00 

126. Fire Insurance — Town Buildings 5,500.00 

126A. Boiler and Machinery Insurance 700.00 

127. Memorial Day 700.00 

128. Miscellaneous 1,000.00 

129. Total Other Classified Expenses $14,785.00 

Pensions 

130. Pension Fund $5,198.78 

131. Expenses 251.60 

132. Military Service Fund 21.52 

133. Total Pensions $5,471.90 

Maturing Debt and Interest 

Regional School 

134. Maturing Debt $30,400.00 

135. Interest 37,064.25 

Julia McCarthy Elementary School 

136. Maturing Debt $15,000.00 

137. Interest 4,000.00 

New Elementary School 

138. Maturing Debt $45,000.00 

139. Interest 28,620.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 43 

West Acton Fire Station 

140. Maturing Debt $12,000.00 

141. Interest 1,584.00 

Anticipation of Revenue 

142. Notes — Interest $250.00 

143. Total Maturing Debt and Interest Sl73,918.25 

144. Total Budget $1,043,276.79 

Appropriated from Surplus Revenue .... 65,000.00 

Total to be raised and appropriated $978,276.79 

Special Articles 

Art. 7. Officer and Employee Insurance $3,000.00 

Art. 9. Stabilization Fund 6,000.00 

Art. 10. Paint Interior Center Fire Station 575.00 

Art. 11. Title VII — Housing Act of 1954 .... 4,000.00 

Art. 12. Street Numbering System 1,500.00 

Art. 21. Vocational Tuition and Transportation 2,500.00 

Art. 22. Water Safet)- Account 500.00 

Art. 24. New Construction (Powder Mill Rd.) 6,000.00 

Art. 26. Widen Charter Road at Mass. Ave. .. 500.00 

Art. 29. Mud pump 500.00 

Art. 32. Speed Limit and Street Name Signs .... 605.00 

Art. 33. Septic Tank and Curb at Town Hall 2,500.00 

Art. 35. West and South Water Supply District 

— Hosmer Street 200.00 

Total to be raised and appropriated 

under Special Article $28,380.00 

Transfers 

From Overlay Surplus and Surplus Revenue 

To 

Art. 4. Budget $65,000.00 

Art. 6. Reser^^e Fund (O. S.) 6,000.00 



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Art. 8. Police Cruisers 2,000.00 

Art. 11. Title VII — Housing Act of 1954 .... 4,000.00 

Art. 18. Chain Saw — Cemetery Dept 250.00 

Art. 25. Highways 38,125.00 

Art. 27. Pickup Truck — Highway Dept 1,800.00 

Art. 31. Snow Plow 700.00 



$117,875.00 

Other Transfers: 

From 

To 

Art. 17. From Cemetery Land Fund 

To Mt. Hope Cemetery $2,000.00 

Art. 34. From Chapter 718 

To Taylor Road 3,031.40 



$5,031.40 



Total Transfers $122,906.40 



Grand Total $1,129,563.19 



Article 5. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Town 
Treasurer with the approval of the Board of Selectmen to borrow money 
from time to time in anticipation of the revenue of the financial year 
beginning January 1, 1959 and to issue a note or notes therefor, payable 
within one year, and to renew any note or notes as may be given for a 
period of less than one year in accordance with Section 17, Chapter 44, 
General Laws, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To authorize the Town Treasurer with the approval of 
the Board of Selectmen to borrow money from time to time in anticipa- 
tion of the revenue of the financial year beginning January 1, 1959 and 
to issue a note or notes therefor, payable within one year, and to renew 
any note or notes as may be given for a period of less than one year in 
accordance with Section 17, Chapter 44, General Laws. 

Article 6. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $6,000.00, or any other 
sum, for a Reserve Fund, pursuant to the provisions of General Laws, 
Chapter 40, Section 6, or take any other action relative thereto. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 45 

Voted: To appropriate from Overlay Surplus the sum of $6,000.00, 
for a Reserve Fund, pursuant to the provisions of General Laws, Chap- 
ter 40, Section 6. 



Article 7. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $3,000.00, or any other 
sum, to pay the cost of effecting insurance providing indemnity for or 
protection to any officer or employee of the Town against loss by reason 
of his liability to pay damages to others for bodily injuries, including 
death at any time resulting therefrom, or for damage to property caused 
by operation, within the scope of his official duties or employment, of 
motor or other vehicles owned by the Town as provided by the provisions 
of General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5, Sub-section 1, as amended, or 
take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $3,000.00, to pay 
the cost of effecting insurance providing indemnity for or protection to 
any officer or employee of the Town against loss by reason of his 
liability to pay damages to others for bodily injuries, including death at 
any time resulting therefrom, or for damage to property caused by opera- 
tion, within the scope of his official duties or employment, of motor or 
other vehicles owned by the Town as provided by the provisions of 
General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5, Sub-section 1, as amended. 

Article 8. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $2,000.00, or any other 
sum, for the purchase of two police cruisers for the Police Department, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To appropriate from Surplus Revenue the sum of $2,000.00, 
for the purchase of two police cruisers for the Police Department. 

Article 9. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or 
appropriate from available funds the sum of $6,000.00, or any other sum, 
for a Stabilization Fund, pursuant to the provisions of General Laws, 
Chapter 40, Section 5-B, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $6,000.00 for a 
Stabilization Fund, pursuant to the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 
40, Section 5-B. 



Article 10. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $575.00, or any other 
sum, for the painting of the interior of the Acton Center Fire Station, or 
take any other action relative thereto. 



46 224th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $575.00 for the 
painting of the interior of the Acton Center Fire Station. 



Article 11. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $8,000.00, or any other 
sum, for the purpose of hiring a consultant to make a comprehensive 
study of the Town under Title VII — - Housing Act of 1954, or take any 
other action relative thereto. (Inserted by Planning Board). 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $4,000.00 and appro- 
priate from Surplus Revenue the sum of $4,000.00 for the purpose ot 
hiring a consultant to make a comprehensive study of the Town under 
Title VII — Housing Act of 1954. 

Same tellers. 

Hand vote. Total — 247. Yes — 208. No — 39. 



Article 12. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $1,500.00, or any other 
sum, to survey the Town street numbering system; to recommend 
changes in this system, if required; and to prepare plans for future street 
numbering in the Town, or take any other action relative thereto. 
(Inserted by Planning Board) . 

Motion: To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,500.00 to survey 
the Town street numbering system ; to recommend changes in this system, 
if required; and to prepare plans for future street numbering in the 
Town. 

Motion: To lay the article on the table. 

Same tellers. 

Hand vote. Total — 244. Yes — 116. No — 128. 

Motion lost. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,500.00 to survey 
the Town street numbering system; to recommend changes in this 
system, if required; and to prepare plans for future street numbering in 
the Town. 



Article 13. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Building 
By-Law of the Town of Acton by adding the following as Section 26, 
or take any other action relative thereto. (Inserted by Planning Board). 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 47 

SECTION TWENTY-SIX 

STREET NUMBERS: Street numbers shall be provided for 
each dwelling, each business building and each industrial building 
by the builder in accordance with the following: 

1. The numbers shall be at least three (3) inches in height and 
shall be clearly visible from the street or roadway upon which 
the house faces. The numbers shall be placed on the structure 
itself or on a suitable support near the main entrance to the 
structure. 

2. The numbers shall be those shown on the approved definitive 
plan, in the case of a sub-division, or as assigned by the Building 
Inspector in the case of a structure built on an existing Town 

Way. 

Voted Unanimously: To amend the Building By-Law of the Town 
of Acton by adding the following as Section 26: 

SECTION TWENTY-SIX 

STREET NUMBERS: Street numbers shall be provided for 
each dwelling, each business building and each industrial building 
by the builder in accordance with the following: 

1. The numbers shall be at least three (3) inches in height and 
shall be clearly visible from the street or roadway upon which 
the house faces. The numbers shall be placed on the structure 
itself or on a suitable support near the main entrance to the 
structure. 

2. The numbers shall be those shown on the approved definitive 
plan, in the case of a sub-division, or as assigned by the Building 
Inspector in the case of a structure built on an existing Town 
Way. 



Article 14. To see if the Town will vote to adopt the following 
By-Law, or take any other action relative thereto: STREET NUMBER- 
ING By-Law: Street numbers shall be provided for each dwelling, each 
business building and each industrial building by the owner of such 
structures by September 30, 1959 in accordance with the following: 

1. The numbers shall be at least three (3) inches in height and 
shall be clearly visible from the street or roadway upon which 
the house faces. The numbers shall be placed on the structure 
itself or on a suitable support near the main entrance to the 
structure. 

2. The numbers shall be those which have been in current use, 
except as discussed in Section 3 below. If the stmcture has not 



48 224th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

been previously assigned a street number, it shall be the owner's 
responsibilit}' to obtain such a number from the office of the 
Selectmen of the Town of Acton during regular office hours. 

3. If a survey of street numbering is completed ; and if changes in 
street numbering are required in order to implement the approved 
result of this survey; then the owners of the affected structure 
shall make the required changes within three (3) months of 
receiving proper notification. Numbers shall be installed as 
outlined in Section 1 above. 

4. The enforcement of this By-Law shall be in the jurisdiction of 
the Selectmen of the Town of Acton. Failure to comply with 
this regulation shall subject the offending property owner to a 
fine not exceeding ten dollars ($10.00). (Inserted by Planning 
Board). 

Voted Unanimously: To adopt the following By-Law, Street Num- 
bering By-Law: Street numbers shall be provided for each dwelling, each 
business building and each industrial building by the owner of such 
structures by September 30, 1959 in accordance with the following: 

1. The numbers shall be at least three (3) inches in height and 
shall be clearly visible from the street or roadway upon which 
the house faces. The numbers shall be placed on the structure 
itself or on a suitable support near the main entrance to the 
structure. 

2. The numbers shall be those which have been in current use, 
except as discussed in Section 3 below. If the structure has not 
been previously assigned a street number, it shall be the owner" s 
responsibility to obtain such a number from the office of the 
Selectmen of the Town of Acton during regular office hours. 

3. If a sur\^ey of street numbering is completed; and if changes in 
street numbering are required in order to implement the 
approved result of this sun^ey; then the owners of the affected 
structures shall make the required changes within three (3) 
months of receiving proper notification. Numbers shall be 
installed as outlined in Section 1 above. 

4. The enforcement of this By-Law shall be in the jurisdiction of 
the Selectmen of the Town of Acton. Failure to comply with 
this regulation shall subject the offending propert)' owner to a 
fine not exceeding ten dollars ($10.00). 



Article 15. To see if the Town will authorize the Selectmen to 
purchase, take by eminent domain or otherv^^ise acquire for the Town for 
use as a recreation area, a tract of land containing approximately t^-ent}'- 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 49 

one and forty-four hundredths (21.44) acres more or less with the 
buildings, mills, m.ill privileges and water power standing thereon or 
connected therewith and all other rights appurtenant thereto, which 
property is situated in the Northeasterly part ot Acton or the Northerly 
and Southerly side of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. 
Said property is shown as Parcel A containing nineteen and seventy 
hundredths (19.70) acres more or less and Parcel B containing one and 
seventy-four hundredths (1.74) acres more or less on a Plan entitled 
"Compiled Plan of David Morrison Property in Acton, Mass. For Pro- 
posed Recreation Area by Harlan E. luttle, Surveyor, November 15, 
1958" a copy of which Plan is on hie with the Town Clerk; this 
property is believed to belong to David Morrison; and to see if the 
Town will appropriate the sum of four thousand two hundred (4,200) 
dollars, or any other sum, therefor, to be provided by taxation, by 
appropriation from available funds in the treasury, by borrowings under 
Chapter 44 of the General Laws as amended or otherwise, or take any 
action relative thereto. (Inserted by Recreation Commission). 

Motion: To authorize the Selectmen to purchase, take by eminent 
domain or otherwise acquire for the Town for use as a recreation area, 
a tract of land containing approximately twenty-one and forty-four 
hundredths (21.44) acres more or less with the buildings, mills, mill 
privileges and water power standing thereon or connected therewith, and 
all other rights appurtenant thereto, believed to belong to David F. 
Morrison, which property is situated in the Northeasterly part of Acton 
on the Northerly and Southerly side of the New York, New Haven and 
Hartford Railroad Company. This property is shown as Parcel A con- 
taining nineteen and seventy hundredths (19.70) acres more or less 
and Parcel B containing one and seventy-four hundredths (1.74) acres 
more or less on a Plan entitled "Compiled plan of David Morrison 
Property in Acton, Mass. For Proposed Recreation Area by Harlan E. 
Tuttle, Surveyor, November 15, 1958 ' Parcel A is bounded and described 
as follows: 

Beginning at a point at the Southwesterly corner of said Parcel 
A at land of John E. Murphy; thence running in a Northwesterly 
direction along land of John E. Murphy, a distance of four hundred 
and eighty-seven (487) feet to a point at land of John E. Murphy; 
thence turning and running in a Northeasterly direction along land 
of John E. Murphy, a distance of four hundred and fifty (450) 
feet to a point at land of John E. Murphy; thence turning and 
running in a Northwesterly direction along land of John E. Murphy, 
a distance of two hundred and twelve (212) feet to a point at land 
of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company; 
thence turning and running in a Northeasterly direction along land 
of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company a 
distance of three hundred and seventy-six (376) feet more or less 



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to a point at land of the New York, New Haven and Hartford 
Railroad Company; thence turning and running in a Southeasterly 
direction along land of the New York, New Haven and Hartford 
Railroad Company a distance of thirteen (13) feet to a point at 
land of the New York, New Haven aand Hartford Railroad Com- 
pany; thence turning and running in a Northeasterly direction along 
land of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Com- 
pany a distance of four hundred forty (440) feet more or less to a 
point at land of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad 
Company; thence turning and running in a Northeasterly direction 
along land of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad 
Company, a distance of one hundred and eighty-eight (188) feet 
more or less to a point at land of Mary Islay Murgatroyd; thence 
turning and running in a Southeasterly direction along land of Mar)' 
Islay Murgatroyd and John E. Murphy, a distance of four hundred 
and fifty-five (455) feet more or less to a point at land of John E. 
Murphy; thence turning and running in a Southwesterly direction 
along land of John E. Murphy, a distance of one hundred and six 
(106) feet to a point at land of John E. Murphy; thence turning 
and running in a Southeasterly direction along land of John E. 
Murphy, a distance of two hundred and thirty-seven (237) feet to 
a point at land of John E. Murphy; thence turning and running in 
a Southwesterly direction along land of John E. Murphy a distance 
of one thousand two hundred and forty-eight (1248) feet to the 
point of beginning. 

Parcel B is bounded and described as follows: 

Beginning at a point at the Northwesterly corner of said 
Parcel B at land of Winston K. Newman and Alice P. Newman, 
and at Main Street ; thence running in a Northeasterly direction along 
Main Street a distance of one hundred and sixty-six (166) feet 
more or less to a point on Main Street at land of Raymond C. 
Stinson and Rose E. Stinson; thence turning and running in a 
Southeasterly direction along land of Raymond C. Stinson and Rose 
E. Stinson a distance of one hundred sixt)^-two and fifty-three 
hundredths (162.53) feet to a point at land of Raymond C. Stinson 
and Rose E. Stinson; thence turning and running in a Northeasterly 
direction along land of Raymond C. Stinson and Rose E. Stinson a 
distance of sixty-eight (68) feet to a point at land of Raymond C. 
Stinson and Rose E. Stinson; thence turning and running in a 
Southeasterly direction along land of Raymond C. Stinson and Rose 
E. Stinson, a distance of one hundred thirty-two and seventy hun- 
dredths (132.70) feet to a point at land of the New York, New 
Haven and Hartford Railroad Company, thence turning and running 
in a Southwesterly direction along land of the New York, New 
Haven and Hartford Railroad Company a distance of five hundred 



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and fifteen (515) feet more or less to a point at land of John E. 
Murphy; thence turning and running in a Northwesterly direction 
along land of John E. Murphy, a distance of ninety-five (95) feet 
more or less to a point at land of Winston K. Newman and Alice 
P. Newman; thence turning and running in a Northeasterly direction 
along land of Winston K. Newman and Alice P. Newman, a dis- 
tance of three hundred and forty-five (345) feet to a point at land 
of Winston K. and Alice P. Newman; thence turning and running 
in a Northwesterly direction along land of Winston K. Newman 
and Alice P. Newman, a distance of two hundred (200) feet to 
the point of beginning; and that the Town raise and appropriate 
the sum of four thousand two hundred dollars ($4,200.00) therefor, 
and to meet said appropriation, that there be raised from the tax 
levy in the current year the sum of four thousand two hundred 
dollars ($4,200.00). 

In addition to the tellers appointed under Article 1 — Roger Crafts, 
Porter Jenks, William O'Connell and Chauncey Fen ton - — Moderator 
appointed the following tellers: Thomas Wetherbee, Elizabeth Boardman, 
Doris Soar, David Tinker, John Murphy, Julia Barry, Jessie Knippel, 
Hazel Vose, Grace Cullinane, Phyllis Sprague, Eleanor Wilson and 
James B. Wilson. 

Ballot vote. Total— 321. Yes— 127. No— 194. 

Needed to carry — 214. Motion did not prevail. 



Voted: To take up Article 17. 

Article 17. To see if the Town will appropriate the sum of 
$2,000.00 from the Cemetery Land Fund for Mt. Hope Cemeter)-, for the 
purpose of clearing, grading and laying out new sections for cemetery^ 
lots, and to authorize said Cemetery Commissioners to do anything 
necessary, proper or expedient for carrying out the above purposes, or 
take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of $2,000.00 from the Cemeter)^ 
Land Fund for Mt. Hope Cemetery, for the purpose of clearing, grading 
and laying out new sections for cemetery lots, and to authorize said 
Cemetery Commissioners to do anything necessary, proper or expedient 
for carrying out the above purposes. 

Article 18. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $250.00, or any other 
sum, for the purchase of a chain saw for the Cemetery Department, or 
take any other action relative thereto. 



52 224th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Motion: To appropriate the sum of $250.00 from Surplus Revenue 
for the purchase of a chain saw for the Cemetery Department. 

Motion: To amend by striking out $250.00 and inserting $150.00. 

Motion on amendment did not prevail. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of $250.00 from Surplus Revenue 
for the purchase of a chain saw for the Cemetery Department. 

Voted: To take up Article 22. 

Article 22. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $500.00, or any other 
sum, to establish a special Water Safety Account for the support of the 
Water Safety Program which is jointly sponsored by the Red Cross and 
the School Department, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $500.00 to establish 
a special Water Safety Account for the support of the Water Safety 
Program which is jointly sponsored by the Red Cross and the School 
Department. 

Voted: To take up Article 21. 

Article 21. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
or appropriate from available funds the sum of $2,500.00, or any other 
sum, for the payment of vocational tuition and transportation according 
to the provisions of Chapter 74 of the General Laws, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $2,500.00 for the 
payment of vocational tuition and transportation according to the pro- 
visions of Chapter 74 of the General Laws. 

Voted: To take up Article 24. 

Article 24. To see if th